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How do you tell the difference between cougar and dog tracks?
|Cougar left paw showing "pinky finger" (on right side) and protruding "middle finger." Note 3 lobes on bottom heel pad.|
The first and most significant feature is the heel pad. Regardless of the type of cat (jaguar, bobcat, housecat, etc.) the heel pad will possess three lobes on the posterior (bottom) and two lobes on the anterior (top). The latter is not as common and I only find this feature under perfect conditions in fresh snow or mud. You are far more likely to see the three lobes. Compare this feature with the arched presentation of a canid track and you are on your way to more accurately deciphering whether a feline or canine passed your way.
|Red track cast is cougar. Yellow is wolf.|
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I have been busy finishing up two non-fiction survival books which will be released shortly. Also new this month is the release of a boxed set of all four eBooks from my Practical Survival Series which focuses on the skills, gear, and mindset for handling urban and wilderness emergencies.
Lastly, I had the recent pleasure of having an interview on Fiona Quinn's fine Thrillwriting blog. This one focused on flash floods and what to watch out for when traveling in canyon country.
I will be returning to featuring survival tips in the upcoming newsletters. If there is a subject of interest you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the wilds!
Friday, December 5, 2014
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I travel a great deal in my work as a survival instructor. For much of my that time, I can easily pack up my truck and have enough gear to take care of my needs on the road for a week. At other times, I fly throughout the US or abroad and all of my well-laid plans for a bug-out bag modified drastically to comply with various federal and international restrictions.
You want to strive for roughly 2000 calories a day. Yes, you can live on survival rations averaging 1000 calories a day, as the packages indicate, but that’s a road to mental anarchy. Survival is hard enough so don’t skimp on quality food when assembling a bug-out bag.
This article is an excerpt from Tony's eBook, Bug-Out Gear for Travelers
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