Animal Tracks: A Falcon Field Guide by Todd Telander

By Todd Telander

Animal Tracks highlights eighty-eight of the most typical and sought-after mammal, poultry, reptile, and amphibian species in North the United States. distinctive illustrations and outlines make it effortless to spot animal tracks within the yard and past. each one species is observed by way of a close directory of its well known attributes and representation of its tune. this is often the basic resource within the box.

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The long-tailed weasel is reddishbrown with buff underparts and throat, with a black tip to its long tail. The short-tailed weasel (also known as the ermine) has a shorter tail and is colored similarly except for its white feet. In winter, the short-tailed weasel becomes white except for the tail tip. Both are nocturnal and solitary, are excellent climbers, and due to their shape can slip into burrows to attack rodents living within. They also hunt rabbits, birds, eggs, and fish. Track size (front): ¾” wide x ¾” long Track size (rear): ¾” wide x ¾” long (not including heel) Description of Track: There are five toes on each foot, although the smaller inner toes do not always register.

Usually found alone or in small family groups, moose are herbivores that graze on woody twigs and branches, or aquatic plants. Track size (front): 4” wide x 6” long Track size (rear): 3¾” wide x 5½” long Description of Track: The front track is larger than the rear. Both feet have four toes, with two hooved inner toes and two outer dewclaws that do not register in the track, except in deep substrate. The track is very large, narrow, and pointed in front and rounded in back, with a noticeable, narrow subunguinis ridge inside of the hoof wall.

The hooves are pointed at the tips, are bulbous at their bases, and have distinctive, concave outer edges. They may splay apart considerably in soft substrates, making the track wider. indd 54 3/23/12 1:12 PM MAMMALS Mountain Goat (Rocky Mountain Goat), Oreamnos americanus Family Bovidae (sheep, goats, bison) Size/Weight: approx. 3’ tall at shoulder; approx. 200 lbs. (males larger than females) Range: Northern Rocky Mountains, northern Cascades Habitat: High-altitude cliffs, near or above timberline Found only in North America, the mountain goat is a stocky, surefooted member of the bovid family, and the largest mammal likely to be seen in the alpine zone.

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