Grizzly Adams was a tracking expert, but you may need a little help. Assuming you know a bit about tracking animals, take this quiz to test your tracking know-how.
You can identify an animal by the size of its footprint. A small footprint belongs to a small animal, and a large footprint belongs to a large animal.
The number of toes on a footprint can help you identify what animal the print belongs to. Some large cats have four toes, and skunks have five.
Bear prints show claw marks. Big cat footprints don't show claw marks.
Possum prints often display an opposable toe. So do raccoons.
Rabbit prints are different sizes. This is because rabbits have different size front and back paws.
Deer prints show hooves. Do do moose and elk.
Big cat prints are the same size. This is because cats have the same size front and back paws. If the prints are the same size, you might be tracking a cat.
Wolves leave print patterns that are diagonal. This is because they lift the front and hind legs on opposite sides at the same time.
Bears leave wider print patterns than wolves. This is because bears are wide-bodied animals.
Wolf and bear prints have visible claw marks. Some other prints, like feline, don't show claw marks.
Raccoons walk in a pacer pattern. They lift the front and hind legs on the same side of the body at the same time
A cougar will have a rounded print with 4 toes; no visible claws. Cougars are also diagonal walkers.
An animal run is a path that connects the trails to the places where animals find food. Runs are not as big as trails.
Leopards are diagonal walkers. They lift the front and hind legs on opposite sides at the same time.
A coyote will display a rounded print with 4 toes and visible claw marks. Coyotes are diagonal walkers.
An animal burrow might have bits of fur and broken foliage. These spots might also be called nests or beds.
A skunk footprint has five toes with visible claw marks. Otters leave the same type of prints.
Beaver tracks leave a pacer pattern. So do bears and possum.
A squirrel print has four toes on the front prints and five toes on the rear prints. Beavers have five and five.
Badgers leave prints in a bounder pattern. Because they hop, their back prints are usually directly behind their front prints.
A beaver print has five toes on the front prints and five toes on the rear prints. Beavers are wide-bodied animals.
Members of the weasel family usually leave behind a particular odor. Skunks are members of the weasel family.
Rabbits have back foot prints that look like a U. This is because they have elongated back feet.
A rabbit print has back feet that are twice the size of front feet. So do hares.
Deer rip grass out of the ground. Cats nibble at grass.
A reptile might leave a tail print. Reptiles have tails that sweep the ground.
Rabbit prints form a galloper pattern.Their back foot prints are actually in front of their front foot prints.
Deer, moose and elk have cloven hooves on each foot. These animals are diagonal walkers.
Fresh prints indicate that an animal might be still nearby. You can test the prints by pressing your hand in the ground next to them.
This is false. You are more likely to see a partial print than an entire one.
It is easiest to see animal tracks in the early morning, late afternoon, or early evening. This is because slanted light makes tracks easier to see than direct light.
Bird prints have three toes. Ground-feeding birds are diagonal walkers.
If you're hunting carnivores, look for herbivores. Carnivores eat herbivores.
It's easiest to track an animal in a transition area. The spots where forests transition to fields provide food and cover for animals.
Birds of prey have prints with a strong back claw. Birds of prey are hoppers.