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Is Hiding Tracks Instinct or Learned?


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Traits like track covering/destroying would be a learned skill IMO, I say this because in multiple cases there are track ways found. So it isnt a trait you see in all of the alledged tracks that are discovered. It would imagine, and this is a reaching theory, that the creatures that do hid etheir trial would be the ones whos ancestors had the most interaction with Fist Nations tribes. 

 

Also if your a seasoned tracker you can generally find disturbances left behind that may not leave deep impressions worthy of study but disturb the leaf litter enough to see where something traversed that the average eye will miss. Often cases, if your experianced in tracking, you'll find that many anomolies you discover in one location often are not anomolies at all but caused by an erratic or startled series of movements by a creature.

Bear in many cases can leave behind a track that looks humaniod with a mid-tarsle break but if you are up to speed on anatomy then there are major tells you'll discover in a bear track. The toes for example are in a rounded arch in the head of the print and the rear heel will have a V shape to it rather than a large rounded heel. Following up on the direction of movement is the number 1 thing everyone in the field needs to do to rule out creatures that are known to science. That is surely made more difficult by any creature that cognitivly hides jts tracks, but those signs should be very readable and studied as well. 

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