Do Your Research
It’s easy to mistake your dog prints for wolf prints. One - because they look similar in size and shape, and two - because it’s easy to get excited about what wildlife might be out there!
A lot of paw and hoof prints look similar, actually, and we’ll show you how to tell the difference, but before you go out, have the kids research what the options are first.
Have them find out:
- • What animals are native to your area
- • Which ones tend to hibernate
For example, you won’t find a mountain lion east of the Mississippi, but you might come across those big cat tracks in parts of Colorado or California.
Winter hibernation styles are also a factor to learn about. Bears, groundhogs, ground squirrels, skunks, and chipmunks are all animals you can cross off the list of possible track sightings. They either hibernate hardcore or slow life down enough that it’s so rare to see them out hunting for food.
Once your kids gather their list of local winter wildlife, have them write it down in their notebook to reference while out there looking.