Montana Outdoors

October 6, 2008

Multiple use

Filed under: Animal tracks, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:26 pm

Animal tracks

The deep imprint roughly in the center is from a White-tail deer, the tracks near the top are from Coyotes, a Bobcat made the very clear print to the right, and the lines were made by a Beaver last night dragging willow branches down to the water. I think this is called “multiple use”.


  1. That’s quite a variety of critters! Very interesting!


    Comment by Tabbie — October 6, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  2. There are track of all kinds there (I saw no human ones). It makes quite a study. I’ll make it a point to visit the area after a snow when they will really show up, although harder to photograph. Interestingly, the Beavers obscured their tracks by dragging the willow branches. They leave huge, unmistakable trails though.


    Comment by montucky — October 6, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  3. oh wow!


    Comment by Sumedh — October 7, 2008 @ 1:07 am

  4. Quite the animal highway we have here.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — October 7, 2008 @ 8:39 am

  5. I’d love to see those animals while they’re leaving the tracks. That would be cool.


    Comment by Chris Osborne — October 7, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  6. Sumedh, Scienceguy, Chris,

    I’d like to see this area when the activity is going on, but it’s usually during the night. It would be a great place for someone who had the equipment to set up a camera and catch the action!


    Comment by montucky — October 7, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  7. Oh, how cool!! I bet even a (relatively) cheap motion-sensor camera (something like this: would get some fantastic shots in the night.

    And a bobcat!! How cool!! And beavers! I’ve never seen either of those and would just *love* to!

    That’s a kind of multiple use that I can absolutely get behind. Wow!


    Comment by Sara — October 7, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

  8. Sara,

    Thanks for that link! One of those cameras might be worth the money. It might be possible to catch a beaver out at dawn or dusk, too and I’ve been thinking of setting up a small blind at one of the beaver’s dams.


    Comment by montucky — October 7, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

  9. how very COOL!!!

    thanks for identifying all of them for city girls like me! đŸ™‚


    Comment by silken — October 7, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  10. Very neat shot Terry, I bet a motion sensor camera would be a blast to play with in a spot like that !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 7, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

  11. Silken,

    I know if I really looked for tracks there I could find more kinds of animals: this area just was begging to be seen. I know there are fox in there as well as some of the smaller animals such as rabbits, and probably raccoons too. I hope to check it out this winter when there’s snow on the ground. The whole area is not much more than a square mile. I love it when there is snow or areas of mud or moist sand so you can tell about who is living there.


    Comment by montucky — October 7, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  12. I’m thinking about that, Bernie. In a few days I’ll go back in there because the wasps will then be through with that nest and I’ll look for specific places where such a camera would work.


    Comment by montucky — October 7, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  13. My animal tracks books has sone of these. Nice to be able to read the ground and see who (or what) came by and how long ago.



    Comment by knightofswords — October 8, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  14. It’s one of the big enjoyments of hiking and snooping around for me. This area is fantastic because there are quite a few critters and lots of places for them to leave tracks, although the beavers are so active that they erase so much. They have huge trails from the water to the stands of willows and they seem to be very actively building now.


    Comment by montucky — October 8, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

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