Learn to Detect Animal Sign

Many wild animals especially mammals are difficult to see in the field. Often they are active at night or at dawn and dusk and avoid humans. They do leave evidence of their presence and clues to their behavior behind in tracks, scat (feces), scrapes, scratches and other sign. Several excellent guides are available on reading animal sign including James Halfpenny and Elizabeth Biesiot, A Field Guide to Animal Tracking in North America; Olaus J. Murie, A Field Guide to Animal Tracks; Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing.

Bear print
Bear Print
Otter track
Otter Print
Raccoon print
Raccoon Print
Otter scat
Otter Scat
Bobcat scat
Bobcat Scat
Coyote Scat
Coyote Scat
Bobcat tracks
Bobcat Tracks
Coyote tracks
Coyote Tracks
Panther tracks
Panther Tracks


FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

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