Do you want to be an animal detective?
When an animal moves, a track is left behind in the mud, sand or
snow. There are other ways to figure out what type of animal has
been on the path. You can examine their scat or droppings; see
scratches in the tree bark, look for gnawed twigs, fur, and
feathers or digging in the ground. If you see a hole, that just
might be an animal's den.
Look at the description of where the animal lives and match it
with the tracks shown on the right side of the page! Check your
1. Snowshoe Hare
Habitat: High mountains with deep snows. Dense second-growth
forest is preferred, but swamps are also used. Forages at forest
edge and in small clearings.
Habitat: Prefer dense, low ground cover to open areas. Found in
habitats where their prey, rodents, occurs in high densities.
Trails often lead from one rodent den to another. Travel in snow
and ground burrows of other animals.
Habitat: Found in dense conifer forests interspersed with rocky
ledges and downed timber, both of which are used for security and
their dens. Forest edges, which provide food for the lynx's major
prey, snowshoe hare, are critical.
Habitat: An animal of the open brush country, the coyote digs its
den on exposed hilltops or ridges with a view of surrounding area.
Where persecuted, may den in a more secluded location.
Habitat: Prefers dense cover of swamps and forests, especially
with rocky ledges. Open agricultural land is not used. Rock piles,
caves, and high rocky ledges are important for bearing you.
Habitat: Foothills are prime habitat, where can frequent open
brush interspersed with rugged terrain. Found in all vegetation
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Invent your own Animal
Create a footprint for your animal, can your family or friends
tell what this animal would look like or how they would travel from