Tracking Wild Animals

Posted by Francesca

On yesterday’s blog, I was out hunting for dogwood trees and found some in the woods.  After satisfying my dogwood urge, and since I was already in the woods, I decided to partake in some animal tracking, one of my favorite pastimes.  There are so many interesting scents to pick up and follow in the wilderness.

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Nice photo, huh?  Do you see who is right in the center?

1 Nice photo, huh? Do you see who is right in the center?

I really blend in well - a natural camouflage.  It's so much fun exploring the great outdoors.

2 I really blend in well - a natural camouflage. It's so much fun exploring the great outdoors.

I move with such great stealth and I'm not too worried about predators.

3 I move with such great stealth and I'm not too worried about predators.

Because in this case, I am the predator!

4 Because in this case, I am the predator!

I stalk the woods with great skill and determination.

5 I stalk the woods with great skill and determination.

Hmmm...  Do I detect the odor of skunk?  We Frenchies love chasing skunks!  Although, Martha really gets mad at us when we get sprayed.

6 Hmmm... Do I detect the odor of skunk? We Frenchies love chasing skunks! Although, Martha really gets mad at us when we get sprayed.

Well, it seems that I got fooled!  It was all of that skunk cabbage I was smelling.

7 Well, it seems that I got fooled! It was all of that skunk cabbage I was smelling.

But now I'm picking up the scent of something else!  It's the ever so distinct odor of squirrel!

8 But now I'm picking up the scent of something else! It's the ever so distinct odor of squirrel!

Yes, there was definitely a squirrel on this track.

9 Yes, there was definitely a squirrel on this track.

From what I'm smelling, I think I just missed the critter - fresh scat right here.  Too bad.

10 From what I'm smelling, I think I just missed the critter - fresh scat right here. Too bad.

Oh well!  There are plenty of other beasts in the woods.  Onward!

11 Oh well! There are plenty of other beasts in the woods. Onward!

Now here's a new scent!  And it smells like it belongs to something that could be quite substantial in size.  That's strange - I detect a hint of petroleum.

12 Now here's a new scent! And it smells like it belongs to something that could be quite substantial in size. That's strange - I detect a hint of petroleum.

And these are some odd looking animal tracks!  Oh, silly me!  It's the Kawasaki, my ticket home!

13 And these are some odd looking animal tracks! Oh, silly me! It's the Kawasaki, my ticket home!

Comments (8)

  • Francesca I hope you got a good bath when you got home. Being out in the woods with all those ticks, spiders not to mention the poison ivy is not "A Good Thing" my dear.

    After dinner last night mom and I sat out on the deck watching the birds. I love to sit on her lap when she is in her rocker it puts me to sleep. Well no sleep for me she kept picking at me I guess checking for ticks and she found all kinds of scabs. I got a little rough with the big guys, no big deal but she thought I had ticks!! She was picking away which didn't make me very happy. Then she got out the dreaded brush and wash cloth. What started out as a nice night ended up as a mini grooming session :( Good thing I got a treat afterwards or I would have been one pissed off Frenchie!

    Rain again today - oh Mother Nature when is the sun coming back???

    Zoe

  • It is so good to see that you are healthy and happy again. You do blend in very well. Good job. Although originally chows were hunters, the only thing I hunt for is a nice place to lay down and where they hide the treats and biscuits containers.

  • yes I was thinking the same as Zoe, hope you are tick protected...looks like a great place to track critters and have lots of fun.

  • Hello Little Miss Huntress Huntress Francesca. You are a brave little Frenchie Franny being out in the woods by yourself when the dreaded coyote could be nearby. Good thing your ride the Kawasaki was nearby. Maybe next time take your little detail of Sharkey and GK along for the adventure with you taking point, Sharkey guarding the rear and GK covering the middle. :smile:

  • Hello Ladies,
    I am with the rest of the gang--you need to have your muscle along. Even though we Frenchies are very good investigators, what would happen if a coyote appeared. You would need G.K. Take his majesty along. He would love the quest I know. It is good to see you out and about, just as long as you don't get that dreaded Lyme Disease again and get sent away. Be careful. It is a rain out day today and tomorrow here. Dad and my two legged brother are going fishing this weekend. I bet the mountains are still getting snow. Mom and I will have a party time here though!! LOL!!! Have a great day.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I love to go into the woods too Franny. But when I go, I look for much larger game. I remember one time finding a bear. I was really good and didn’t bark at him so he didn’t run or charge. By the way, do you know how to keep a bear from charging? Take away his credit card. Yep, I know that’s an old one but it still works on some people. I’ve found the tracks of moose, elk and deer in the woods. Even come across some tracks of “four wheelers” at times.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Francesca, you sure are active there at Martha's beautiful farm and going into the woods must have been a very special, invigorating time for you! Sure would love to be there 'cause I love to smell everything and would love to chase critters, too! These photos are really terrific! You did blend in extremely well especially in photo #1. Had to use a magnifying glass to find you! Sure hope you didn't attract any ticks this time. You take care and you will have to enjoy your bath when you arrive back at the house in the Kawasaki. Have a good day everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hey there Franny! It looks to me like you are one Pawsome hunter! You go girl!

    woo woos, Tessa

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