Caribou are one of the most traveled animals on the planet. They may travel hundreds to thousands of miles each year going from summer to winter range and back again. If you were to visit Alaska or parts of Canada you would eventually cross their tracks. Identifying their tracks is fairly easy.
Caribou tracks are very distinctive, being nearly round in shape. Their hoof has two toes like other deer but rather than triangular or tear drop in shape each toe on a Caribou is crescent shaped. The overall shape of their foot allows them to stay up on top of the snow better. Caribou tracks measures between 4 to 5 inches long.
Caribou scat resembles that of most deer. It can either be in a loose pellet form or clumped pellets resulting from from a succulent diet. The scat measures from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch in diameter.
One of the few tracks that would overlap the range of Caribou would be that of the Moose. Moose tracks have the more common heart or tear dropped shape to them. There shouldn’t be any confusion in the two just based on their shape. Moose scat is roughly 3/4 of an inch in diameter and the pellets are around 1 inch long, much larger than the scat of Caribou.
Do you think it’s a male or female in this image?
Yes, it’s a trick question, both sexes have antlers but we’ll never know which one this is. I didn’t get close enough to find out.
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