Montana Trappers Association

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Tracks, Scats, and Sign

Teach your youngster about animals in the wild and you may learn something new as well. A great interactive book for you and your family.


Nature is full of hidden clues about the animals that live there.


You may not know where to look, or what to look for, but animal signs are everywhere and this Take-Along guide will help you learn how to read them. You'll learn how to spot, and identify, common clues that 17 wildlife species leave behind in the woods, in the fields and along ponds.


You'll be able to recognize a badger's den and even figure out what a coyote ate for dinner. You'll notice things like the end of a tree branch that looks rough and chewed by a deer. You'll see tracks in the soft mud and know what animal made them.


Tracks, Scats and Signs is a fun way to turn everyday walks into exciting mysteries. And make you a nature detective.


Soft back. 8½" x 8½". 41 color illustrated pages.



Did You Know?

Jim Bridger (1804-1881). Trapper, scout, mountain man. One of first white men to see the future Yellowstone Park and Great Salt Lake, which he believed to be an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Became partner of Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1830 and established Fort Bridger in Wyoming Territory in 1842. Laid out routes for the Central Overland Stage and Pike's Peak Express Company. Returned to Missouri in 1867 where died on his farm on July 17, 1881.


Rendezvous were held on a yearly basis at various locations until 1840, mainly in Wyoming, but Pierre's Hole in Idaho and Bear Lake in northwest Utah were favorite sites as well.


Fort Manuel Lisa was established in 1807 by Manuel Lisa at the mouth of the Big Horn River near Hysham. This was the first permanent settlement in Montana and was occupied until 1811.


John Jacob Astor was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the US. He amassed his wealth through fur-trading, opium smuggling, and New York City real estate. Famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the US.


In 1919, the Hudson’s Bay Company was approaching its 250th year in business. What began in a coffee house in London, in 1670, had now grown to become the undisputed leader of the international fur trade.


The desire for beaver fur hats in European men’s fashions dates back centuries and spurred the development of the 17th century North American fur trade. Beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.