SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Habitat Conservancy held a workshop Tuesday for multiple agencies to learn more about animal tracks in the wild. The class was lead by the San Diego Tracking Team.
"You've got some bone fragments. This might have been a skull or something. It's good for us to know the presence of certain animals because they might be indicators for other species health," said Juan Troncoso, describing an Owl Pellet. Troncoso is a Conservation Manager for the Escondido Creek Conservancy.
In the Salinas Preserve, where the workshop was held, there was plenty of evidence of wildlife.
"You're looking at a bigger mountain lion or potentially a bobcat. There's a lot of fur and a lot of bones," said Troncoso.
And knowing where the animals will be makes for better camera placement.
"One of the things is wildlife camera tracking, so knowing where to put the cameras is really important so we get the most out of it," said Troncoso
Because if you see what lives in the wild, it makes it more valuable.
"If you know it's inhabited by something, you might think is pretty or cute or stands for something else, you might care more for the land," said Troncoso.
So, next time you run into a ranger or docent on a hiking trail and have a question about a track you may have seen, ask because they'll probably know.
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