West Ridge Nature Preserve, Park Advisory Council (PAC)

Chicago Park District

Coyote Makes Tracks and So Do People

Steward Tom Murphy, as part of his regular inspection walks, came across a single trail of tracks that circled the preserve.  The tracks appear to have been made by a coyote.  Interestingly, it circled across the pond.  The pond must have been well frozen with a layer of slushy snow on top of the ice.

You also can see several star-shaped cracks in the ice with a black-ice center. They seem to have been made by a stone or other heavy  object hitting and falling through the ice. 

Obviously, the coyote is not the only animal making tracks. People, too, are walking through the snow.  Some even made a snow man.