By Jean Pocha

The story in the tracks


February 17, 2022

Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Swan Valley Connection's Conservation Director Luke Lamar demonstrating the gait pattern of an animal whose tracks were found along the roadbed. Class participants (L-R) Kevin Slade, Jon Simon and Rick Murney listen intently.

SWAN VALLEY - Even though three inches of fresh snow covered the ground, it looked like a crime scene. Spots of blood and clumps of hair were scattered over the hillside. Footsteps through the snow revealed stomach contents. Luke Lamar Swan Valley Connections (SVC) Conservation Director told the Wildlife Tracks and Signs class he saw an eagle and ravens flying in this area when he was scouting for tracks in the early morning Feb. 5.

This is the big picture view that can start a tracking expedition. Learning to study the tracks and signs, can tell the story of what's always going on in the f...

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