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Product Details

  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811726266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811726269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, including the capturing and collaring of cougars and Glacier National Park's bear sign survey. He lives in Vermont.

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NOBA award-winning author Mark Elbroch has contributed to numerous research projects in North America, from fishers to black bears. He lives in Wyoming where he runs the Teton Cougar Project. He maintains the website http://wildlifetrackers.com/.

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Product is hefty, full of pictures, as promised.
M. Ryan
The tracking world has long awaited a book to rival Olaus Murie's "A Field Guide to Animal Tracks," which has been the field standard for years.
Kim Cabrera
Excellent color photos of animal tracks as well as black & white sketches help identify wildlife.
John E. Howell

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cabrera on October 12, 2003
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Mark Elbroch's new book is a scientifically credible look at tracking
The tracking world has once again gained a great resource in the new book by Mark Elbroch. "Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species" fills a gap in the availability of good quality photographic guides to tracks and sign. This is a book for the serious tracker! At 784 pages, it is the most complete guide available today on the subject. The tracking world has long awaited a book to rival Olaus Murie's "A Field Guide to Animal Tracks," which has been the field standard for years. Elbroch's book covers some new ground, bringing together coverage of subjects that previously were found only in specialized, and not widely available, publications. These include: mammal remains, a large section of sign on vegetation, identification of kills, burrows/beds/lays/nests, and a big photographic section on scat and other secretions. The very complete section on gaits will help you identify those difficult trails. Photos, drawings, measurements, and range maps are included for each species. Throughout the text are sidebars with tips to distinguish between easily confused species. This is especially useful if you have ever found yourself struggling with an identification in the field. The appendices list other tracking resources for further study, including schools, books, web sites, tracking teachers, and more.
The book is a little heavy to tote into the field, but it offers so much information that it may be prudent to buy two; one to haul into the field and bang around, and one to keep at home for reference. Its weight is compensated for by the fact that it has information you would find in many different field guides all in one book, so you can leave the others at home and bring this one along.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Whealton on January 30, 2005
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I have never really "tracked" animals before but recognition and identification of animal signs is part of my job. I recently received my copy of this book and in just the first few minutes of thumbing through it I can see that my money was well spent. The scope of this book is amazing... as its name states, its a guide to North American mammals and it covers them well from Florida to Alaska. Though the author states in his review below that there are 1058 color photos, it seems there is much more. With nearly 800 pages and most pages containing 2-4 photos, there is no shortage of of illustrations to reinforce the text. And speaking of text, the explanations of tracks and other signs are well detailed and typically include comparisons and notes on confusables. The author even includes notes about the habits of the animal which will help the reader understand how to better track it. Regarding a review below that suggests the need for a scale with the photos, the author uses pennies as scale for small tracks and scat while the larger signs I find sufficiently scaled against the background. And there is always a size description in the text in both English and metric units.

Its hard to pin down what I most enjoy about this guide but I think it would come down to two things: First, the explanation of how to interpret tracks. The first 80 or so pages I think will really get a novice started on understanding how a track is left and how to interpret them. Second, the book is broken into sections. The bigger portion of the book contains track information but also in separate sections you get detailed information on beds/denning/nesting, scat/urine, feeding signs, etc...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BLT on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I work at an outdoor youth camp and this book has quickly become the favorite tracking book we have. It has taken over our Peterson guide as THE BOOK we need to take along on our hikes. Well done, great photography, and more information that can be had from one reading. Mine became so beat up I bought another.

We own every tracking book there is here and this and Elbroch's "Bird Sign" are our favorites. They are a little bit more pricy than other track/sign books, but well worth the cost.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan on August 31, 2004
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This is probably one of the best books I've ever purchased as an avid nature enthusiast.

I have several animal tracking books, including Paul Rezendes', Tracking and the Art of Seeing, and this book is even better. The real photographs of tracks, scat, den sites, and kill sites of mammals (and birds) are second to none.

I reference this book often in the field while hiking. I live in New Jersey where the bobcat is an endangered species, and thanks to this book, I was able to accurately identify both a bobcat's den and a recent kill site on a rocky ridge in a nearby state park. It was quite an exciting find.

I would recommend this book time and time again!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith Badger on September 8, 2003
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When Darwin wrote the "Origin of Species" it was eventually refered to as the BOOK, being the undisputed standard reference on the subject. Mark Elbroch's "Mammal Tracks& Sign" will likewise become the standard referance on the subject of Animal Tracking, and likewise should be called "The BOOK"!!!! It has raised the bar to a very high, and professional, level and offers a wealth of knowledge,insight and wisdom to the tracking world. Well done likewise to Stackpole Books who have spared no efforts toward creating a most pleasing, and beautiful, layout!!!
I have been tracking for many years, and have been likewise teaching the Art & Science of Tracking to secondary school students for the past 12 years, and find this book to be the best possible tool that I could ever imagine having. In a time where education is being called upon to inculcate a new awareness of life into the curriculum, and to generate a new sense of hope and purpose in our collective vision for the future, this book is a blessing. Science, rather then the dry and detached technological view that many experience it as, can become the most wonderful tool for exploring the magic and mystery that life constantly holds for us. We need only break out of old patterns of thought, and explore new territory. Tracking, as an Art and Science, has accomplished this for me as an educator, and has been a catylist for many of the students that I am responsible for in terms of preparing them to be aware, outwardly as well as inwardly. Mark Elboch's "Mammal Tracks & Sign" is a must have for all those working in the field, and the "BOOK" for any educator (elementary through PhD) who wants to push their own art of bringing the world to life for their students. Buy this book, and head for the woods!!!
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