Every animal sleeps, and their beds can be an easy indicator — if you know what to look for. Deer bed in groups, and they usually choose places protected from the elements, like hollows or valleys, or areas with tall grass and brush obscuring them from view. Look for oval-shaped depressions in the ground, typically near game trails. Other animal beds aren’t as easy to find. Smaller animals like bobcats and foxes will find nooks and crevices obscured from view to sleep. Even if you do find one, it’s best not to disturb, especially those of nocturnal creatures who may be catching their beauty sleep during your hike. Though bears are often associated with sleeping in dens, that’s usually only for hibernation. In the warmer months, they bed out in the open, much like deer. Look for large, cleared areas near the base of larger trees. They will shred the bark from trees for their bed, and bed in the same spot over several days, so the indicators like scat and tree rubs should be more prevalent near a bedding area.