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]
Elbroch, Mark, 2003 Mammal Tracks and Signs: A Guide to North American Species
Lowery, James, 2013 Tracker’s Field Guide. Falcon Guides
Nature Tracking
North Woods Guides
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Drawn based upon US Geological Society image


Photo: J. Maughn


Photo: Kim A. Cabrera


(Sylvilagus spp.)

Family: Leporidae (Hares and Rabbits)

Gait: bound
Form: small claws; round toes

Front Foot: 5 toes; 0.7 in (1.8 cm) - 2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Hind Foot: 4 toes; 0.8 in (2.0 cm) - 2.8 in (7.1 cm)

The fifth toe on the front foot is small and may not register. The back foot may appear symmetrical at times. The palm is covered with hair and may not register clearly.

Cottontail scat is deposited singly and has a slightly squashed spherical appearance. A group of scat indicates that an animal spend some time in one spot.

Mammal Guide - Rabbit 
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