Understanding how animals move is a basic feature of tracking. When you start to see â€œthe storyâ€ written upon the ground you see patterns, infer distances, visualize speed, and even what type of animal made the tracks. Recognizing the gait â€“ the animalâ€™s manner of walkingâ€“ is key to knowing the story. Here is a simple PDF I developed called, “Getting to Know Track Patterns” to use in the field. I use when Iâ€™m interacting with kids (and adults too). It helps to have someone demonstrate these gaits on all fours to visualize the gait. Then try to walk that way for yourself.
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