CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
NEW WORDS: SPOOR, PUG (TIGER)
It’s deplorable what happened in Zanesville, Ohio, where over fifty exotic animals, including lions and tigers, had to be killed to protect human life.
In the process of writing a post, Lions and Tigers in Ohio????, I came across two unfamiliar words: spoor and pug. Curious, I just had to look up their meanings.
Spoor is any sign of a creature. Spoor includes track, trail and droppings. Spoor is useful for discovering or surveying what types of animals live in an area, or in animal tracking. Generally droppings can be referred to as scat.*
At least I am familiar with the word scat. We find deer and bear scat on our property quite frequently—deer, however, more than bear.
The name of any animals’ paw prints are called spoor.
A second source confirmed the above: n. The track or trail of an animal, especially a wild animal. V. spoored, spoor-ing,spoors To track (an animal) by following its spoor or to engage in such tracking.**
A pug (n.) is a footprint, esp. of a game animal or (v.) to track (esp. game) by following footprints or another spoor.***
Since the post was about lions and tigers I followed up my research by checking out tiger pugs. A tiger’s paw (more…)