Covering your tracks can be an important measure during a time of survival. Survival is not always an accident; sometimes survival can be not wanting to be found. When it comes to covering your tracks, this is important so as not to lead somebody back to where you are when the situation of not wanting to be found is your priority. There are several different ways that you may cover your tracks so that people or whatever may be tracking you does not find you. One of the first things that you need to consider is what is tracking you. Is it animal or human? If it is a human that is tracking you, they will be using visual aids such as broken branches or footprints to help track the direction you are traveling. By backtracking and carefully selecting the terrain you go across you can help to make your trail less visible. There are also things you can do such as tying certain leaves to the bottom of your shoes or feet to alter what your prints look like which may throw off someone who is attempting to track you down. If an animal is tracking you the difficulty has increased because animals rely on more than visual aid; they also rely on the scent when tracking. By going through water or sometimes even doing the disgusting such as covering yourself with manure or other disgusting smells, animals will lose your trail. It is rumored that if you place bear manure around your shoes, it will deter other animals from tracking you. Apparently they think you are a bear and want nothing to do with you.