Activity:

Inspect Animal Tracks

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What You Need:

  • Dichotomous key (you can print the questions below)
  • Printed track templates which will give you images of tracks for a deer, duck, turkey, coyote, bobcat, beaver, raccoon, or black bear. This will help you double check your results.

What You Do:

1.             Is the track heart shaped? 

                Yes. Then it is a deer. 
                No. Proceed to question 2.
 

2.             Does the track have three toes facing forward? 

                Yes. Go to question 3.
                No. Go to question 4.
 

3.             Are the toes webbed? 

                Yes. Then it is a duck. 
                No.   Then it is a turkey.
 

4.             Does the track have 4 toes? 

                Yes. Go to question 5.
                No. Go to question 6.
 

5.             Does the track have claw marks? 

                Yes. Then it is a coyote. 
                No. Then it is a bobcat. 
 

6.             Are the toes webbed? 

                Yes. Then it is a beaver.
                No. Go to question 7.
 

7.             Does it look like a small hand print? 

                Yes. Then it is a raccoon.
                No. Then it is a black bear.

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