Whose tracks are these in the snow?

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You can spot many different animal tracks in the snow; you must have wondered at some point which animal was responsible for the tracks under your chairlift or next to your favourite ski slope. To answer your question, check out our guide which will help you recognise who these paw prints in the snow belong to.


Who's been here?

The fox

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Regular, oval prints which form straight lines? It would seem that a fox has been here. It's easy to recognise fox tracks as foxes often trot at a regular speed, placing their back paws level with their front.


The hare

 

If you spot deep, regular prints, with two prints placed one behind the other, and two other prints side by side, at varying distances apart, then you are on the trail of a hare. The space between the grouping of the prints tells you about the animal's bound and speed.


The mountain goat

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The tracks of a mountain goat are easily recognisable thanks to their narrow, rectangular prints. When they walk, because of their weight, they make deep marks in the snow and you can often see their hoof prints on the top of the snow.


The stoat

 

What if you come across two wide, separate paw prints? That's normal, you're on the trail of a stoat. Stoats move in a bounding gait; they land on their front paws and then immediately place their back paws in the same set of prints.


The field mouse

 

Small prints marked by a straight line at a tunnel entrance or exit. If you spot these tracks, which are more difficult to see with the naked eye, it means you're on the trail of a field mouse. They normally move around under the snow - hence the tunnel - but they come out from time to time and leave marks in the snow with their tails which are generally the same length as their body.


Now that you have a few tools to help identify these unknown tracks, keep an eye out at the edge of the slopes, perhaps you'll be able to recognize some of these shadowy creatures lurking there, or even spot some new ones.

And if you're lucky enough to see them during the day, remember to treat mountain animals with respect and keep your distance so that you don't frighten them.

 

Have a great day skiing and spotting tracks in the snow!

 

Pauline MARTIN
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