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Beartracker’s

Animal Tracks Den

 

 

The original online field guide to tracks and tracking - since 1997.
Celebrating our 16th Anniversary!

Last updated: January 21, 2014

My name is Beartracker (AKA Kim A. Cabrera). I invite you to explore the world of tracking with me. I am interested in both animal and SAR (Search and Rescue) tracking. When you explore this site, you will find information on animals and their tracks. I have also included links to my favorite tracking sites. As you follow the links below, you will find pictures of animal tracks and drawings. In addition to animal tracks, you will find pictures of the animals themselves and natural history information for each species. If you know how to identify animal tracks, you can tell who has visited the location. If you know about the habits of the animal, you will understand why it visited that place.

You cannot find tracks unless you go out and look for them. Therefore, I have included a few tips on where to find them and even some links to my favorite tracking and hiking areas.

This site is intended to be a source of information about North American animals and their tracks. I do not claim to be an expert tracker, just someone who loves tracking. The joy of tracking is in solving the mysteries out there. Every time you go tracking, you will find new stories written on the ground, just waiting for you to unlock their secrets. I learn more and more each time I go out for a walk. I invite you to explore this fascinating world with me. To get started, pick the type of animal you are interested in from the list below. I hope you have as much fun exploring this site as I'm having creating it.

Animal tracks, and tracking in general, are fascinating. You can share your tracking experiences or just listen in to the discussions on my e-mail discussion forum for trackers and tracking. It's called the Signcutters List. If you wish to subscribe, click on the Join List button at the bottom of this page. Don't forget to sign my Guestbook!

Find a track and want to tell everyone about it? Want to find out what others have learned about tracking? Whether you track animals or humans, you can post a message to the All Trackers Message Board. Open to all trackers, anywhere, for the discussion of anything related to tracking. Animal tracks, human tracks, or even bicycle tracks. It's a forum for all trackers.

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Animals and Their Tracks

Animals don’t cover their tracks.

Mammals Birds Amphibians
Reptiles Insects Humans

 

Now available: "Animals Don't Cover Their Tracks - An Introduction to Animal Tracking" on CD! (Version 3.0) New drawings, more species, more photos, more extensive sections on tracking humans, more detailed directions for plaster casting, mystery tracks section, tracking stories section, and more. The CD features over 100 species, including special bonus sections with the tracks of some African and Australian animals. A large section on tracking lost people for search and rescue is included, with over four pages of photos showing the details of tracks and signs people leave. Easy to use format. This web site is limited by bandwidth, but the CD-ROM is not. The CD is available in my online store at: http://www.dirt-time.com  Works with Mac or PC. Happy tracking!!

What else can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's animal tracks coloring book, T-shirts, sweatshirts, journals, book bags, toddler and infant apparel, mouse pads, posters, postcards, coffee mugs, travel mugs, clocks, Frisbees, bumper stickers, hats, stickers, and many more items. All with tracks or paw  prints, or nature scenes. Custom products are available. If you don't see the track you want on the product you want, email me and I can probably create it. Proceeds from all sales go to pay the monthly fees for this web site. You can help support this site as well as get great tracking products! Thank you!

 

new stuff Spring is here and the frogs are singing again! Check out the latest treefrog serenade on my treefrog page. Recorded March 2000 on Humboldt County's Eel River.

Anything that moves over the ground leaves signs of its passage. You can find these tracks and signs if you know what to look for. These pages will teach you to recognize the tracks and signs left by some common animals.

Species List

Guidelines for Use of Material

NEW ... Download my free animal tracks guide. This is an Adobe PDF file a little over 2MB. The download will be slow over a dial-up connection. (This guide prints on two pages.) You need the free Acrobat Reader to open this file.

OR, download the brand new track guide. Three pages of tracks with all new drawings and a few extra spaces to draw your own. This one is a 463KB PDF file.
New 2004 animal tracks guide.

NEW! Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den now has an online store! Browse for merchandise related to tracking. I provide the information on this web site for free. The site has grown so much that it can no longer be hosted on a free service, so I have to pay a monthly fee. Proceeds from any sales go to help maintain this site and pay the monthly fees. Thank you for checking out the store!
We also offer exclusive tracking products from Pacific Laser Design. See the new store page here.
We can do custom laser-etched items. Email me at the address below with your requests.

 

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General Tracking Information

Where to find tracks.

Tips for seeing tracks and following them.

How to make and use a Tracking Stick.  (You may also download this file as a PDF.)

Tracking activities for teachers and naturalists.

Plaster track casting procedure  (You may also download this file as a PDF.)

Canine vs. Feline tracks (Is it a cat or a dog?) (How to tell cougar from dog tracks)

Learn to be a Tracker! The PAWS Principle

NEW Tracking and Wildlife Videos NEW

NEW Tracking Articles (Beartracker in the media) NEW

Tracking Criminals (A true story of one of my tracking experiences) NEW

Natural Hazards in the Outdoors

Trail Camera Photos of Animals

Tracking reference sources (Or visit my new Amazon bookstore. Any percentages I earn from bookstore purchases help me pay the monthly fees for this web site. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.)

Tracking Bookstore featuring animal tracking books for adults and children

What is SAR Tracking?

Real Animal Track Impressions from Sooted Bait Stations

Quick Reference Animal Track Guide

List of my Recent Animal Track Finds

Tracking Adventure Stories

Glossary of Tracking Terms

Animal Scat Section
This new section has photos of animal scat, or droppings. This is an important part of tracking and identifying species. However, if you are bothered by such things, you may not want to visit this section. I have put this information all in its own section for this reason. The intent of providing this information is not to offend anyone. This is simply information that I found a lack of on the 'net.

Join the Tracking and Signcutting Club and talk to other trackers. It’s free. Includes trackers message board and our own private chat room.

Or, join the new Animal Tracking Club. It’s also free. Includes same as above.

Or visit the Trackers and Signcutters Trail on DejaNews. It’s free. This also includes a trackers message board.


Check this out! My track drawings are now in a book! "Buckshot's Modern Trappers Guide."

Written by an expert trapper. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in trapping. It contains a complete tracking section with drawings that were done by me - Kim Cabrera. So I have more than one reason to recommend this book! Check it out for yourself. It's worth a look. It is ranked #1 in sales in the "Trapping" category on Amazon.com. Check out Buckshot's web site too. (Buckshot's Camp)

Also, my opossum track drawings are featured on the cover of the new novel, "Possums Sing" by Marlina Claire. Check it out!


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Links to Tracking Sites

Search and Rescue Tracking

Universal Tracking Services Home Page International Society of Professional Trackers
Pacific Northwest Trackers Association Western New Mexico Search and Rescue Trackers Association
Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia Mountain Trackers Association
SARINFO SARINFO's Name That Track
Help law enforcement identify these tracks!
Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue Tracking Page Yahoo List of SAR Sites
Lost Person Behavior Characteristics (From SARBC’s page.) Local Search and Rescue Teams and other area resources
Bay Area Search and Rescue Council National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)
Human Tracker Discussion Forum (Thread) K-9 Emergency Response Teams, Inc.
Hug-A-Tree National Headquarters Wisconsin Animal and Human Trackers Association
Wisconsin Outdoor Survival and Tracking School SARTI
Animal Tracking and Others
Paul Rezendes Tracking Site A Naturalist's World
Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School (official site) Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School (unofficial site)
Tom Brown Jr. Tracker Home Page Keeping Track
Wilderness Awareness School Earth Skills - James Lowery's site
Tactical Tracking/Law Enforcement
Tactical Tracking Operations School, Inc. C.A.S.T. (Footwear & Tire Track Impression Evidence)
Basic Track Identification by Lieutenant222   Selous Scouts

Other Links

Places to go Hiking

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (My first web site. World's Greatest Redwood Park!)

California State Parks (I worked for them. Some great parks here.)

Redwood National Park (My neighbors to the north. Good place to go hiking.)

Henry W. Coe State Park (Near Morgan Hill, California.)

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park  (Another great redwood state park.)

Grand Canyon National Park (NPS summary) Fantastic place to explore. I used to work here.

Grand Canyon National Park (Grand Canyon Association expanded web site)

San Gorgonio Volunteer Association (San Bernardino National Forest and San Gorgonio Wilderness in southern California)

National Park Service (ParkNet) Explore our National Parks! Many tracking opportunities here!

Park Rangers on the Web (Good interpretive info.)

Yellowstone Park Net (Yellowstone National Park Information)

Animals Reference Sites

Biosis - Internet Resource Guide for Zoology (College level reference)

Animal Diversity Web (Excellent resource - also college level)

Predator Guide

Other Web Sites I Wrote

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (My first web site. World's Greatest Redwood Park!)

Animal Tracks of Humboldt County (Northern California Animal Tracks)

Tracking 1999 Conference - Photos of the first ever gathering of trackers

Tracking How-To (Learning to read tracks - the secret language of the wilderness.)
This site is under construction.

Temecula Valley Shotokan Karate (Located in Riverside County, California.)

Myers Flat Community School (Located in Myers Flat, California.)

KG6BFO Humboldt County Frequency Guide (Amateur radio and scanner frequencies)

Tracking 2006 - International Society of Professional Trackers Conference

 

 

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We also do custom laser etched items in partnership with Pacific Laser Design. See the store page here.

 

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Unless otherwise noted: text, drawings, and photos by Kim A. Cabrera - Desert Moon Design
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Also visit these fine stores for more products of interest:

NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.

ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.

Get E.C.O. Store (Get Every Child Outdoors) - www.geteverychildoutdoors.com

Sales from all stores give commissions to Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den, which helps keep this site online as a free service. We are celebrating ten years online this year!

 

 

 

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Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den - the original online field guide to animal tracks and tracking since 1997. Thanks for stopping by!

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All proceeds from sales of items in my stores go to help keep Beartracker's Animal Tracks Den online!
 

My other stores:

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NDN Pride stuff - www.ndnpride.com

Get E.C.O. Store (Get Every Child Outdoors) - www.geteverychildoutdoors.com

 

All proceeds from stores go to help maintain this site as a free service. Thank you.