One of the things you should do is measure your body parts. Starting with the spread from the tip of your thumb to the splayed tip of your little finger. For example my right hand fully splayed thumb to tip of little finger is exactly 9" and my left hand (For reasons I know not) is exactly 9 1/2". What does this matter........?
When working the beach or river bed and following a bear you have insight, you can reach down and see what the width of the front print is. I can put my right hand down quickly and see that the track is 8 1/2". Or put my left hand down and see that the track is 9 1/2" or more. This is valuable information which you can acquire quickly while closing on the bear, or abort the quest. Note: I have NO Idea what your hand width is, check it and remember it.
"The stories I could Tell"...............Hehehehe