ExplorationWith the help of the internet and some play-dough, create your own wolf and coyote footprints! Begin by searching online with a grown-up for an image of these canine paws. Note that both creatures have five toes on their front paws and four toes on their back paws. It may be easier to start by creating a back paw print.Now take a chunk of clay or play-dough and roll it into a ball. Press the ball against the table so it is flat like a thick cookie! Next, use your fingertips and/or a popsicle stick to make the indention of the main (middle) paw pad. When you’re ready, make the toe pads“”a fingertip is perfect for this job!Finish by using the tip of a pencil to create the claw prints, one above each toe. If you choose to make both wolf and coyote prints and want them to be realistic, remember that wolf prints are bigger than those of coyotes, often twice as large! Try making the wolf print 4 Â½ inches tall from the bottom of the main pad to the tips of the claws and the coyote print 2 Â½ inches tall.
Sources & links
“The Coyote.” WelcomeWildlife.com. Welcome Wildlife, 2011. 09 Jun. 2011. “Wolf & Coyote Identification.” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. mt.gov.Web. 09 Jun. 2011. “Identifying Wolves and Coyotes.” Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Michigan.gov. State of Michigan, 2001-2011. Web. 09 Jun. 2011.