Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Paw prints could lead to a wildcat

Follow the tracks

Yes! Follow the tracks. In the words of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, "Look ever for the track . . . it is the priceless, unimpeachable record of the creature's life and thought, in the oldest writing known on earth."

Follow the tracks. Leave the city. Climb into the chaparral. Walk among the scrub oak, watching for signs- claw marks low on a gnarled tree trunk, a trace of scat, scratch marks on the ground.

And at last, look there! A print, scalloped front and back. Four toes, no claw marks. Another, and another, some even made by a two-legged animal.

From The Thousand Oaks Acorn Read it all here.

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