Animal Tracks Den
The original online field guide to tracks and
tracking - since 1997.
Celebrating our 21st Anniversary!
Last updated: June 12, 2018
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. My certification information is below, if you are
curious. 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.
Beartracker on Social Media
Many of you are finding tracks and
coming to this site to try to identify them. As well
as this site, there are some resources to help you on
social media. Here are the places I recommend.
Animal tracks, and tracking in general, are
fascinating. To meet other trackers, or just learn
from others, you can find my group on Facebook. The
group is called Animals Don't Cover Their
Tracks and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/271764596196849
Also, I create many animal tracking and wildlife
videos on my YouTube channel. The videos are about
animal tracks and sign, or just awesome captures from
my trail cameras. I've got a whole library of videos
you can browse on my channel. The link is: youtube.com/user/beartracker777
You can also find me at Beartracker
Nature Films on Facebook. Here is the
If you are interested in learning about how to
become certified as a wildlife tracker, check out the
CyberTracker page. I highly recommend the CyberTracker
evaluation system. It's a great way to learn tracking
in-depth and to interact with other trackers. I am
certified by CyberTracker as a Track and Sign
Specialist, and Trailing 2, and Tracker 2. Find out
more about what those certifications mean on that
Animals and Their Tracks
Beartracker's Nature Store at: www.dirt-time.com
What can you find in the nature store? Beartracker's 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!
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.
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.
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!|
also offer exclusive tracking products from
Pacific Laser Design. See the new store page
We can do custom laser-etched items. Email me at the address below with your requests.
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
Rulers - free printable scales to
include in your track photos ( two
Tracking and Wildlife Videos (Many of these are Adobe Flash format, so may not play on all devices. If you have trouble viewing them, see the videos on my YouTube channel. youtube.com/user/beartracker777)
Tracking Articles (Beartracker in the media)
Tracking Criminals (A true story of one of my tracking experiences)
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. Its free. Includes trackers message board and our own private chat room.
Or, join the new Animal Tracking Club. Its also free. Includes same as above.
Or visit the Trackers and Signcutters Trail on DejaNews. Its free. This also includes a trackers message board.
Test your knowledge!
| New Fun Tracks and Tracking Quiz|| Animal Tracks Quiz|
| SAR Tracking Quiz|| Animals Quiz|
Check out my coloring book for kids! Available at
Amazon. If your kids want to learn animal tracks,
what better way than to color them? Click on the
book cover to go to Amazon and buy one.
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)
opossum track drawings are featured on the cover of
the new novel, "Possums Sing" by Marlina
Claire. Check it out!
also maintains a blog of book reviews. I review many
books, both fiction and non-fiction. Find my blog
Animal Tracks and Signs by
Beartracker Wildlife Tracking - My Project on
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|
| Fernando Moreira's
Professional Tracking Services
|| Joel Hardin
Professional Tracking Services
| Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue Tracking Page||Natural Awareness
| Lost Person Behavior Characteristics (From SARBCs page.)|
| Bay Area Search and Rescue Council|| National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)|
|SARTI|| K-9 Emergency Response Teams, Inc.|
| Hug-A-Tree National Headquarters|
|Animal Tracking and Others|
| Paul Rezendes Tracking Site|| A Naturalist's World|
| Tom Brown Jr.s Tracker School (official site)|| Nature Tracking
- Jonah Evans' web site
| Ndakinna Education Center|| Keeping Track|
| Wilderness Awareness School|| Earth Skills - James Lowery's site|
| CyberTracker Blog
| Animal Tracks and
Signs by Beartracker Wildlife Tracking
|| My iNaturalist Wildlife Track
|| Reddit Animal Tracking
|Tactical Tracking/Law Enforcement|
| Tactical Tracking Operations School, Inc.|| CyberTracker|
| Scott Donelan Tracking
|| Selous Scouts|
Places to go Hiking
California State Parks (I worked for them. Some great parks here.)
Redwood National Park (My neighbors to the north. Good place to go hiking.)
Grand Canyon National Park (Grand Canyon Association expanded web site)
National Park Service (ParkNet) Explore our National Parks! Many tracking opportunities here!
Yellowstone Park Net (Yellowstone National Park Information)
Animals Reference Sites
Animal Diversity Web (Excellent resource - also college level)
Other Web Sites I Wrote
Animal Tracks of Humboldt County (Northern California Animal Tracks)
Tracking How-To (Learning
to read tracks - the secret language of the
This site is under construction.
KG6BFO Humboldt County Frequency Guide (Amateur radio and scanner frequencies)
2006 - International Society of
Professional Trackers Conference
Tracks and Signs by Beartracker Wildlife
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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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visit these fine stores for more products of
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!
The Tracking T-shirt store (with paw prints and more!):
More tracking items:
All proceeds from sales of
items in my stores go to help keep Beartracker's Animal Tracks
My other stores:
Sign Language Stuff - www.aslsignsoflove.com
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.