Tracking and Bears and Cougars, Oh My!

Today several of us led the BernCo East Mountain Interpretive Series event New Mexico Large Carnivores and Tracking at Ojito de San Antonio Open Space.  Even though it was raining, a few brave souls joined us for the event!  We talked about animal tracks, and how tracking animals is more than just following their footprints – we also look for signs of them in the environment, as well as their scat.  This involves knowing something about how the animal eats, hunts, and behaves.  We pointed out bear daybeds and a nursery tree, fox and coyote scat, and bobcat prints, among other things.

After the hike, Bernalillo County and the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative passed out a few gift items, and we answered any questions.  I think a good time was had by all!

Thank you to Dustin Chavez-Davis and Laura Martinez from Bernalillo Open Space for all of your help!  Thank you to Frank Michel, Janet Mitrovich and Stephanie Long for your help today, and support all along!

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