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Anything that moves over the ground leaves some sort of marking of its passage. In particular, footprints left behind in soil, snow, mud, or other ground surfaces provide a means of recognizing different species. The illustrations and characteristics listed below highlight key features that can be used to identify the tracks of many of the animals in the area.
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Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
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Drawn based upon US Geological Service image
Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Family: Canidae (Canines)
Gait: gallop, lope, overstep walk, trot
Form: small claws; round toes
Front Foot: 5 toes; 1.8 in (4.6 cm) - 3.0 in (7.6 cm)
Hind Foot: 4 toes; 1.7 in (4.3 cm) - 3.0 in (7.6 cm)
The fifth toe on the front foot does not usually register. The negative space between the toes forms an "X" shape.
Coyote scat contains a variety of different substances including meat and hair. The shape is generally tubular and usually twisted at least one end.
Mammal Guide - Coyote