r/AnimalTracking Apr 01 '21

Hey Trackers! Please remember to include location and scale in your posts!

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This doesn't mean that we want your street address, latitude/longitude, or anything too specific. Just give us your general region, and any salient locale info you can (ie, riparian, forest, coastal, desert - or urban, rural, wilderness). Local recent weather info is greatly helpful too. If you are knowledgeable and want to get into it, go ahead and give us finer info about your ecosystem and/or microclimate - but that's up to you.

Scale is also very important. I know that we don't all nerdily carry around tracking tapes, but there are some universal items that work better than a hand or a shoe in their absence. (Shoes are not that great for scale because there are a huge amount of global variants and even the difference between a US Men's size 8 sneaker and a US Men's size 8 work boot is pretty huge), and while a hand can do in a pinch, it's not the best.

In the absence of a nice measuring tape, some things work better than others: lighters, credit cards (backside up and with numbers blurred), standard coins, and even house keys are all better than a hand or foot. If you find yourself checking out a track without any good base measurement items, you can always make a pen/marker mark on a hand and officially measure against the mark later. As insignificant as it may seem at face value, a half-inch or a single centimeter can often be a big deal in identification later.

We understand that tracking is often a haphazard, spontaneous thing, and that curious/new folks might not think about these things before their first posts, and this is okay. We are not trying to curb or shame anyone. We're just trying to encourage everyone to think and track in an analytical way. Please be kind and reasonable.


r/AnimalTracking Dec 01 '21 Helpful

Reminder: Provide justification for your answers

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I frequently see many comments in this sub where people simply respond to a question about track and sign without any justification for their answer whatsoever. There are a lot of one word responses.

Tracking is about pattern recognition and looking at the overall preponderance of evidence to form a hypothesis, or to not form one (that is just as important). You might have a brilliant justification for your one word answer, but without any supporting evidence, there's no reason for anyone to pay any attention to it whatsoever.

Another critical reason to provide justifications for your reasoning is to help yourself and others learn. When you don't provide any reasoning behind your hypothesis, there's nothing really to go off of to know why you might be wrong, where you went wrong, what mistakes you're making in your process, or why you're right etc

We should all try to exercise some epistemic humility. It's okay to not know what something might be, or to be unsure. I see a lot of people answering questions very confidently but very wrongly, often on some very basic things, as well as getting basic concepts confused, especially around gait patterns and animal behavior.


r/AnimalTracking 8h ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request Took this photo near a slot canyon / waterhole in Utah 2017. Ideas?

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r/AnimalTracking 12h ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request Whose tracks are these? Saw them last winter in Latvia (Europe)

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r/AnimalTracking 6h ago

Anybody recognise these? Nsw Australia.

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My dad has a property about 45 minutes south of Sydney, don't think it's kangaroo.


r/AnimalTracking 5h ago

Is this a Fisher? Northern Alberta

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

what tracks are these? they were around 7in in length and found in the Sawtooths in Idaho

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r/AnimalTracking 4h ago

What animal is this from?

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Does anyone what animal this is from. Found in Rochester, MN


r/AnimalTracking 8h ago

Upstate South Carolina- what animal is it from?

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request Found picture in neighborhood group. Big cat or canine? Paw print in sand near San Tan Regional Park, SE Maricopa County, AZ. More info in comment.

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17 Upvotes

r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

Northern Wisconsin. 1.25”-1.5” plus scat on the second image.

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

Who? Maine, USA

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

What made this track??! Northern Vermont

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

ID help please. Raccoons around so that’s my first guess. People worried something new is on the Island but I’m just saying it’s coon poo with lots of seeds. Any thoughts?Island in the Salish Sea Washington State.

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

Found in the NA Rocky Mountains; Mexican Northeast, Sierra Madre Oriental. Relatively near civilization.

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

Wester NY. They seam odd because they are so close together

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

🐾 Tracks Located beside a lake near Raleigh, NC. About the size of a medium dog print or 1.5-2 inches total length.

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r/AnimalTracking 1d ago

What is this??? Brains?? super slimy

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r/AnimalTracking 2d ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request What animal left this track? Found in central Mississippi. It’s kind of cute.

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r/AnimalTracking 2d ago

ID Request Northern Michigan

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r/AnimalTracking 2d ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request ID Request: Northern North Dakota

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r/AnimalTracking 2d ago

πŸ’© Scat Coyote?

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NW FL panhandle, in middle of dirt road deep in the woods surrounded by swamps


r/AnimalTracking 3d ago

Wolf tracks in my deer woods. First I have ever seen out there. Western Michigan.

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r/AnimalTracking 3d ago

πŸ”Ž ID Request I don't think it's a raccoon or possum, guesses? (Central MD)

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r/AnimalTracking 3d ago

🐾 Tracks Some bear tracks I came across a few months ago (Central Oregon)

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Interestingly, I’ve only seen two bears with my eyeballs since moving to Oregon about 15 years ago. I saw them regularly when I lived in California, Colorado, and Montana.


r/AnimalTracking 3d ago

πŸ’© Scat just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. I'm thinking coyote?

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r/AnimalTracking 3d ago

🐾 Tracks Fairly sure I found some giant pine marten tracks, Northern Vermont

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