Tracking and Stalking North American Wildlife
TRACKING AND STALKING
NORTH AMERICAN WILDLIFE
(A cyber-guide for Scouts and Scouters)

Scouts-a-tracking

 

"Getting Good Sport-Life in the Wild"

One of the earliest, fundamental aspects of Scouting was the art of tracking and stalking. This was discussed by Lord Baden-Powell in "Getting Good Sport-Life in the Wild". Here he discusses the importance of learning to take note of fine details within the environment, and then applying those same skills in every-day life.

In this spirit, these pages offer Scouts tips on tracking, identifying the "quarry", and stalking it. Also included are tips on safety around wildlife, animal track images, wildlife data, and when possible, sound files.

 

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TRACKER'S BASICS
(A few things you need to know.)
* TRACKING WILDLIFE
(Identify and Search)
* GETTING UP CLOSE
(Stalking your prey)
 

 

WILDLIFE, AND YOUR SAFETY
(Your life could depend on it!)
* WILDLIFE HAZARDS FOR CAMPERS     
(Which animals to watch out for.)
* A NOTE ABOUT BEAR ATTACKS
(Use extreme caution!)
 

 

CARNIVORES
(of the Order Carnivora)
* BADGER
(Taxidea taxus)
* BEAR, BLACK
(Ursus americanus)
* BEAR, GRIZZLY or BROWN
(Ursus arctos)
* BOBCAT
(Lynx rufus)
* COUGAR or MOUNTAIN LION   
(Puma concolor)
* COYOTE
(Canis latrans)
* FOX, GRAY
(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
* FOX, RED
(Vulpes vulpes)
* LYNX, CANADIAN
(Lynx canadensis)
* RACCOON
(Procyon lotor)
* SKUNK
(Mephitis mephitis)
* WOLF, GRAY
(Canis lupus lycaon)
 

 

HOOFED MAMMALS
(of the Order Artiodactyla)
* BIGHORN SHEEP
(Ovis canadensis)
* BISON or BUFFALO
(Bison bison)
* CARIBOU or REINDEER
(Rangifer tarandus)
* DEER, MULE
(Odocoileus hemionus)
* DEER, WHITETAIL
(Odocoileus virginianus)
* ELK, WAPITI, or RED DEER
(Cervus elaphus)
* MOOSE
(Alces alces)
* MOUNTAIN GOAT
(Oreamnos americanus)
* PRONGHORN ANTELOPE
(Antilocapra americana)
* WILD BOAR or WILD PIG
(Sus scrofa)
 

 

RODENTS
(of the Order Rodentia)
* BEAVER
(Castor canadensis)
* MARMOT
(Marmota flaviventris)
* MUSKRAT
(Ondatra zibethicus)
* PORCUPINE
(Erethizon dorsatum)
 

 

MISCELLANEOUS
(of the Orders Didelphimorphia, Lagomorpha, Primates, and Xenarthra)
* ARMADILLO
(Dasypus novemcinctus)
* OPOSSUM
(Didelphis virginiana)
* PIKA
(Ochotona princeps)
* WEBELOS
(Cubbus Maximus)
 

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