tracking is...

(complete this sentence)


Hilda said...

Discovery, amazement, contemplative.

abigail said...


Better than chocolate?

That can't be right...

What made these tracks? Coyotes, bobcats, petite tigers? (I remember that one is to keep an open mind, but I'm afraid that's not helping my knowledge.)

ethanjames said...

....a dance

(I know, not too original, but it's what I've been keeping in mind since seeing that film)

heidiann(e) said...

multipe choice:
a) coyote
b) bobcat
c) fisher
d) all of the above
f) none of the above

ethanjames said...

lynx rufus?

Looks like a fifth toe registering on the log perhaps, also some claw marks there that aren't present on some safer terrain (they've got retractable claws right?)

There's that clear "C" that rules out coyote in my mind, and the toe pads seems a bit elongated too, which may rule out fisher.

It took me a while to make these determinations, and I'm still not sure.

heidiann(e) said...

yeah, the log one is the real head-scratcher for me.
it was over 2 1/2" wide (which is hard to see here) by 2 1/2" high, which made me think mustelid. sadly, a few scattered tracks on the log was all we got for that one that day. some from my group went back a few days later and said they found more that showed better gait patterning, convincing them it was a mustelid.

what do you think of the one above on the ice, with the tape?

the top one i think IS the coyote. i feel safe saying that, but also nervous stating it here.

abigail said...

Phew. I'm glad they weren't all from the same critter, because I'd thought they were three separate tracks. I was hoping that the top was a coyote, and if I'd had to take the multiple choice test, I would have screwed my eyes shut and circled "a."

I couldn't identify a mustelid if my life depended on it. Thankfully, so far my life doesn't, so I'm safe.