Gaits

… are a bit complex …

Image of tracks left in snow, young Black Bear then Human, walking in opposite directions.
Walk – Black Bear and Human

… and this page is about illustrating them, and track features indicative of specific gaits.

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Concept Illustrated: Tracks created during different gaits; compare the formation and final form (while fresh).

The idea:  The gait an animal uses expresses something of its intents and state of mind, this makes gait a useful tool when interpreting tracks and trails.  There are at least two ways gait can be read.  The easiest is from the pattern of a series of tracks.  But what gait information do individual tracks carry?  How much about a gait can gait be read from a single track?

This is the initial effort to develop illustrations exploring this concept.