How to Identify a Cougar Track Video

In this video, I show a cougar track and point out some of the features that will help you identify it. Comparisons to dog tracks are offered. The tracks of dogs and cougars can seem similar to non-trackers. They have a roughly similar shape, as well as the same number of toes. They are also similar in size. Because of this, the tracks of these two species are frequently confused. Even experienced trackers can have trouble telling some of them apart if the tracks aren't clear, or if any details have been blurred or obscured. It is best to use several tracks to make your identification in cases like that. A single-track identification can be wrong very easily. Follow the trail a bit and pick up more details about the tracks the animal is leaving, then make your decision as to the animal's identity. Your trailing skills will improve and you will gain more knowledge about the tracks as you go.

Experienced trackers will note several things wrong in this video. Can you point them out? This is a good test of your observation skill. :)



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Find cougar / mountain lion tracks posters, greeting cards, t-shirts, hats, and more in my new store.

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:  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!


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

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