Track Guide

This guide initially displays common tracks of all shapes. Use the selectors below to view particular shapes, include rare species, or search by name.

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.

Track References

Alderness Wilderness College
Animal Track ID [PDF]
Beartracker
Deerdance
Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
eNature
Gaits
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
Nature Tracking
North Woods Guides
Outdoor Action

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Fox

Drawn based upon US Geological Service image

Fox

Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fox

Photo: albedo20

Fox

(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Family: Canidae (Canines)

Gait: gallop, lope, trot, understep walk
Form: semi-retractable claws; round toes

Front Foot: 5 toes; 1.3 in (3.3 cm) - 2.1 in (5.3 cm)
Hind Foot: 4 toes; 1.2 in (3.0 cm) - 1.8 in (4.6 cm)

The first toe on the front paw is further up the leg and usually does not register. The track is broader than other canines and often does not have the typical "X" shape.

Scat tends to take the shape of twisted cords. However, given the variety in diet of the fox, the shape and color can vary considerably.

Mammal Guide - Gray Fox