Animal Signs

Animal Signs

Page Type Page Type: Album
Additional Information Image Type(s): Wildlife

Signs of Wildlife--Tracks, Scratches, Burrows and Yes, Even That!

Sometimes we don't see wildlife itself, but we happen on signs that it was there before us. While the most common would be tracks or scat, more subtle signs are present. It's a delight to recognize an animal's passing from scratches it might have left, it's burrow, dried mud on trees, or even the trail itself. Please feel free to add your own images and interpretations of wildlife signs.

External Links

Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Tracking

Rick Curtis' notes from a course at the Tom Brown Tracking School in New Jersey, a course taught by John Stokes of The Tracking Project, and from his personal tracking experience.

Tracking and Stalking North American Wildlife

Designed for Scouting, offers tips on wildlife tracking, identification, and stalking. Includes animal track images, wildlife descriptions, and some sound files.

Burwash Wildlife Scats or Droppings

Andy Fyon's descriptions and images of scat from the Burwash area of Northern Ontario. Includes a variety of droppings common to many areas of North America.


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Zac Finley

Zac Finley - Apr 6, 2006 11:38 pm - Voted 10/10


idea for an album. Whether its tracks or scat, I've always enjoyed finding evidence of animal life on the trails.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Apr 7, 2006 12:13 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Good

Thanks, Zach. Heh-heh. Obviously there are a few pic's of tracks out there, especially something unusual or uncommon. But scat? We'll see!


csmcgranahan - Apr 7, 2006 12:21 am - Voted 10/10

Great idea!

Looking for animal signs, particularly tracks, is one of my favorite things about hiking. I've seen lots of tracks and scat off-trail in the foothills west of Colorado Springs. Can't say I've taken any photos of the scat.

Tomás Blázquez

Tomás Blázquez - May 24, 2006 12:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic idea!

Congratulations! I love animals (I studed Biology in Madrid). I hope download in this section some of my photos.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 24, 2006 12:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fantastic idea!

Thanks, Tomas. I look forward to it.


chilkoot - Aug 26, 2006 9:55 pm - Voted 10/10

Cool concept!

I hope more people post to this album.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 27, 2006 11:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Cool concept!

Thanks, Chilkoot! I hope so, too! --mark d.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 27, 2006 12:38 am - Voted 10/10

Great Idea

I like it, Mark. Now I have to scour my albums for relevant shots I could post.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 27, 2006 11:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Idea

Thanks, Bob! Yes, by all means please attach any animal signs images; the more unique/unexpected the better! --mark d.

Mayhey Kid

Mayhey Kid - Aug 7, 2007 10:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Very Simple

Highly effective. Nice concept.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 8, 2007 7:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Very Simple

Thanks, Mayhey Kid. It's take awhile, but it has been picking up the occasional image making it all that much more effective and interesting. --mark d.

Alberto Rampini

Alberto Rampini - May 2, 2012 12:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice pictures!



Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - May 2, 2012 5:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice pictures!

Thanks, Alberto! We have some great contributions from SP members. --mark d.

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