Yellowstone Paw Castings

Casts of an animal's footprint, for instance those of Yellowstone's carnivores like the grizzly & black bears, cougar and wolf, are more than a work of art. They also contain vital information about the interaction of the mammal's foot with the ground and its route through its habitat. Casts taken from the ground may report a story for the tracker to read because each detail or imperfection transmits information. To a skilled tracker, such as Dr. Jim Halfpenny, the cast may reveal the approximate size and weight of the animal, speed of movement, or other vital interpretive information.

Click on the image to enlarge the photo of Jim Halfpenny as he prepares to make a cast of this Yellowstone Grizzly Bear's paw print left in the mud near Trout Creek in Hayden Valley.

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Grizzly Bear Paw Cast

This impressive cast was made from the print of a large male grizzly bear (Ursus Arctos) left in the mud...

Yellowstone Wolf Paw Cast Female

On May 10, 1998 the Druid Wolf Pack crossed Soda Butte Creek southwest of the Lamar Valley Trailhead Parking Lot...

Yellowstone Wolf Paw Cast Male

On June 19, 1999 the Druid Wolf Pack crossed Soda Butte Creek, in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park....
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