| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Have you ever stumbled upon a line of animal tracks left behind in freshly fallen snow or a muddy patch of Earth and wondered who left them behind?
This kind of discovery can create a lot more questions than answers: What animal left the tracks? Where was it going? Does it live nearby?
With a little know-how about the animals that live in your neck of the woods — or prairie or savanna, for that matter — you might learn the answer to some of these questions. Or maybe uncover new mysteries to solve.
When you find animal tracks outdoors, don’t be afraid to get down at ground level to get a good look. You might see claw marks or paw pads or other telltale signs that provide useful clues in solving the mystery.