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Offline MaggiesMom

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2012, 09:59:47 AM »
Madrona encouraged me today to post these photos.  Found Feb. 18 next to our small pond in the foothills of the Berkshires, New York State - which was totally frozen at the time.  I can't match this up to any of the line drawings in the Peterson Animal Tracks book I have.  Best guess is some kind of cat - bob cat perhaps?







Can anyone help identify this?  I wasn't going to do a dissection!
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Offline basenjimom

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2012, 03:56:17 PM »
It's more a plop than a squeezed out canine or feline poop. Thought maybe it was beaver as they plop, but not enough wood chips in scat to be beaver (beaver usually poop in the water...I didn't know that....thought they'd poop elsewhere.   Learned my something new today!!!)

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2012, 04:12:03 PM »
constipated big  :puzzled2 dog poop?

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2012, 05:57:13 PM »
well, the grand dog wasn't at the farm with us when we saw this or it might have been him!  Neighbors don't have dogs either. There have been beavers seen on our creek from time to time.  So I am still stumped. 
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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2012, 05:58:44 PM »
plus, don't dogs poop in more of a pile? not all spread out like this?
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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2012, 02:36:39 PM »
Shaped wrong for canine.  No tapered end.  Could be feline now that I read more.  See if this link helps.  Wish it had pictures, but might help to narrow the search  http://www.northwoodsguides.com/animal_scat_notes.htm

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2012, 02:56:22 PM »
I did a little nosing (sans clothespin, of course...jk) around yesterday when I read your post Maggiesmom but didn't see anything clearly identifying your photo's subject matter. I ran across this site today that might be of some help. http://icwdm.org/inspection/droppingfeces.asp Wish I had more time today to help but busy, busy, busy. I will check back.

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2012, 03:27:54 PM »
This thread makes me  :mhihi

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2012, 11:18:40 PM »
Looking through both my Peterson Guide and my new favourite,  David Moskowitz's Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, I'm thinking that Maggiesmom's guess is right: a feline left this. (Ok, she's not in the Pacific Northwest but there is a lot of overlap.)
Moskowits says this about cat scats in general:
"Scats are tubular in shape and clearly segmented, often with blunt ends. The contents are often densely packed."

The size corresponds with something like a bobcat.

Often you will find a scrape near a cat's scat, but the frozen ground would have prevented that from registering.

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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2012, 08:41:27 PM »
Well I'm pretty sure I know who the culprit is here, he's denying it though.
(click for larger image: ya gotta see his expression)
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Re: Scat Facts! (Learning more from what they leave behind)
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2012, 10:44:59 PM »
He is NOT amused, even if we are!   :lol
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