I found the rabbits even before my beagle did. Tracking animals can help you find them faster than even a canine nose can! The Magpie Forest is a unique and beautiful natural preserve in Pullman, Washington. We came here in search of rabbits.
The fresh snowfall made animal prints even easier to track and follow. I saw a rabbit dart out from the bushes across the trail so I followed it, finding its trail of fresh prints along the path.
The wildlife in this forest make their own trails and in the winter they are obvious to see with less vegetation to cover them up. Rabbit trails are all over this forest, too small for a human, not big enough for a deer or a coyote.
The rabbits in this area are pygmy rabbits. They dig their own burrows to stay warm in the Pullman winter and are here year-round.
The Pullman hills are largely mono-cropped with wheat, leaving little to no area for natural wildlife to flourish. The Magpie Forest is an oasis among these hills, brimming with vegetation and life.
Can you track any animals where you live?
Photos: Elizabeth Adan
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