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Different Animal Tracks

Written by Lex Basu
Updated: September 27, 2022
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Key Points

  • When it comes to studying animal behavior, their lives and population, tracks are a great source of information.
  • In some instances, checking animals tracks has been a very useful method in restoring their population.
  • The dwindling otter community of England has seen a new life since it was possible to track their population and reduce water pollution in areas that they inhabited.
 

 


Otter Tracks

 

 



Otter Tracks

 

Having almost completely disappeared from British waterways in the 1970s, efforts to save Otters from extinction have proved to be working. Otter population numbers in the UK fell drastically with increasing levels of water pollution but they have recently been reported as being found in every county in the country. These beautiful mammals can often be difficult to spot though but their prints in the mud are a tell-tale sign of their whereabouts.

By looking more not just for the animals themselves but for the distinctive clues that they leave behind, a whole new element of the natural world opens up. Different animals have different prints which can vary widely between species. Below is a small collection of the tracks of a number of different animals which are found around the world in mud, snow and even sand.

 

 


Dog

Dog

 

 



 

 

 


Bison

Bison

 

 



 

 

 


Cougar

Cougar

 

 



 

 

 


Raccoon

Raccoon

 

 



 

 

 


Moose

Moose

 

 



 

 

 


Elephant

Elephant

 

 



 

 

 


Insects

Insects

 

 



 

 

 


Deer Mouse

Deer Mouse

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Here we have listed the animals whose paw prints have been seen frequently around the globe:

1Dog
2Bison
3Cougar
4Racoon
5Moose
6Elephant
7Insects
8Deer Mouse
9Brown Bear
10Grey Wolf

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About the Author

Lex is a green-living, tree-hugging, animal-lover, who at one time was the mother to twenty one felines and one doggo. Now she helps pet owners around the globe be the best caretakers for their most trusting companions by sharing her experience and spreading love.

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