How to Track Animals in the Wilderness

At Home in the Wilderness Part VII: This article explains how to track animals in the wilderness, including tracking patterns, animal highways and homes, aging tracks and following and preserving tracks.



Well-worn animal trail
[2] A rabbit's-eye view of a well-worn small mammal trail.
TOM BROWN JR.
Deer track patterns
[1] Deer tracks reveal the animal's typically diagonal walking pattern.
PHOTO: TOM BROWN JR.
Beaver chew marks
[3] Beaver chew marks on an alder tree.
TOM BROWN JR.
Worn twigs animal path
[4] Twigs worn by regular animal passage.
TOM BROWN JR.
Deer tracks on trail
[6] Deer tracks, demonstrating the indirect register of the front and rear feet.
TOM BROWN JR.
Fox prints
[5] These fox prints show the pressure released caused by the animal's making a sharp turn.
TOM BROWN JR.
A rabbit lay
[7] A rabbit lay . . . note the rough outline of the animal's body.
TOM BROWN JR.

















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