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Northwood News ♦ February 2015

How to Identify Animal Tracks in Your Yard

By Jacquie Bokow

With winter comes snow (these days, at least), and with snow come tracks left in your yard by the various beasties that inhabit our neighborhood.  Although it’s not printed to scale, you can get an idea of what you ’re looking at by using the PDF here; just adjust for the sizes marked by the footprint.  [Print it out to take with you when you’re outside.]  It’s fun to try for both kids and adults!

The foot prints (front and hind) are on the left, while the pattern of the tracks appears at the right.  If the paw prints themselves aren’t clear enough, the pattern may help determine which type of animal visited your home.

These came from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and were prepared originally by Klir Beck and revised in 1975 by Cindy House.  See them yourself, and more, at their website:  Happy tracking!   ■

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