- John Heusinkveld doesn't need to see the animals with his own eyes to know what they were up to. All it takes is looking at a track.
"What's the size of that print? What is the shape of it? And what is the pattern of movement that animal is exhibiting? So it's kind of like CSI track scene and you're putting things together to piece together what it is that you think you have," said Treehaven Assistant Director John Heusinkveld.
John has been tracking at Treehaven in Tomahawk for nearly 15 years.
He spends his time helping visitors and students learn how to find the signs of animals in their own backyards.
While tracking is a serious hobby for some, you don't need much to get started.
"All you need is a backpack with some basic supplies to make some plaster casts," said Heusinkveld. "You can bring a camera with you, a small ruler, as I mentioned with tracks and sizes for instance if it's over three-and-a-half inches it could be a wolf, under you're probably looking at a coyote."
Following the footprints animals leave behind might only seem worthwhile if you're a hunter, but for John it's about knowing what's out there.
"It gives us an appreciation and understanding of our own environments, and here in the Northwoods we're blessed to have everything that we do," said Heusinkveld. "This assembly for forests and wildlife are just rich compared to many other places in the country."
|Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi