Wildlife Tracks & Signs
Do you notice the wildlife around you? What wildlife tracks and signs do you see?
We don’t often see the wildlife frequenting an area but we can see that they’ve been there by the tracks and signs they leave behind. The sharp hooves of deer and moose are among the easiest tracks to identify. Bears, in spite of their big, wide paws, are harder to see. Can you tell a coyote track from a bobcat track? Cats walk with retracted claws but canines can’t pull their nails in. Look for the point at the end of the toe for your first clue. Claws don’t always show but it’s a good start.
I’ll add to this page as I take photos and gather information. We share our land with beaver, black bear, moose, raccoon, red fox, white-tailed deer, porcupine, snowshoe hare, turkey, and other wildlife, and we drive countless miles on backwoods gravel roads.
Beavers cause problems by flooding roads and felling valuable trees and damaging property, but I admire them. They’re nature’s engineers, always busy, clever and hard working. And surprisingly, they taste good.
My most admired animal in the woods. My favorite hunt, meat, animal to observe. Black bear, the black ghost of the woods.
Bobcat (Coming soon. For now, read about the starving bobcat I fed in the winter of 2015)
The largest member of the deer family. In recent years the population in the state of Maine was estimated to be 75,000+. Winter ticks, harsh winters, and predators have killed a large number of animals in recent years.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of true foxes. I’ll add tracks, scat and other signs as I find it.
Deer are often habitual in their activities. They show up at the same time of day and follow the same trails, taking paths of least resistance. Although deer may be active at any time of day, they are crepuscular, that is, they are most active near dawn and dusk.