Found phrase - cut for sign
Posted by ESC on July 12, 2003
CUT FOR SIGN - "Rather than relying solely on high-tech gadgetry - night-vision goggles or motion sensors buried in the ground - the members 'cut for sign.' 'Sign' is physical evidence: footprints, a dangling thread, a broken twig, discarded clothing or tire tracks. 'Cutting' is searching for sign or analyzing it once it's found - skills learned while growing up." From an article about the Shadow Wolves, an all-Indian unit that is part of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, "The Man Hunters" by Mark Wheeler, Smithsonian, reprinted in The Reader's Digest, July 2003.