Identifying Animal Tracks in the Snow

Have you ever come across animal tracks in the snow, yet weren't sure what animal made the tracks? We can help!

| January/February 1976

  • Raccoon in the Snow
    Were those tracks in the snow made by a raccoon? A skunk? A deer? A rabbit?
    Photo by Fotolia/Nialat
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    Compare the animal tracks you found in the snow to this chart to find out what animals have been roaming around in your area.
    Illustration by MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff

  • Raccoon in the Snow
  • Animal-Tracks_01-01

A winter landscape is not only beautiful, it's also a great means of identifying animals that have been in a certain area.

Snow on the ground often means animal tracks to identify — and our great graphic of animal tracks can help. It shows what the tracks of a gray squirrel, red fox, skunk, chipmunk, opossum, deer mouse, white-tailed deer, mountain lion, raccoon and cottontail rabbit look like. 

Good luck with your identification adventures!






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