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#1 Veik

 
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:13 PM

Someone had to start this thread. It might as well be me. rolleyes.gif I found this scat near Timber Lake. What animal left this meadow muffin, this back-country biscuit?

Feel free to add your own scat pictures here so we can all learn what critters have been around.


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Posted 30 July 2007 - 10:23 PM

Ok, how about some more clues? What was the consistency like? Smell? Dimensions of the Biscuit?

LOL!!!

Looks like bear to me, but difficult to tell.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 12:21 AM

Looks like bear to me to, but did it contain any hair, or seeds? I always like to bury at least one finger into the middle to determine the contents, and consistancy, that way to the temperature can tell how fresh it is, and thus how near the animal is.

Ok so did I over think that joke to much.. its late and it all just keeps coming out.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 04:46 AM

Tom, was that picture taken in the woods? If so the answere is obvious.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:40 AM

QUOTE (mtnmanjc @ Jul 30 2007, 11:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok, how about some more clues? What was the consistency like? Smell? Dimensions of the Biscuit?



QUOTE (Wan @ Jul 31 2007, 01:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
did it contain any hair, or seeds? I always like to bury at least one finger into the middle to determine the contents, and consistancy, that way to the temperature can tell how fresh it is, and thus how near the animal is.


Shows what an amateur I am at this scat identification. I didn't pick up on any of these clues.

QUOTE (Jim K @ Jul 31 2007, 05:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tom, was that picture taken in the woods? If so the answer is obvious.


Ah! It was very near the woods!
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:41 AM

Ewwww, gross. Were you looking for scat or did you almost step in it? neener.gif

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:46 AM

I almost stepped in it. That's a clue isn't it. There was no obvious smell to clue me that it was there. The smell was minor compared to horse.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:16 AM

Does not look like the scat I normally see at the bottom of RMNP privies.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:29 AM

This is a good idea really. It would be good if people knew what cat and bear scat looked like so they could know when one might be in the area.

I saw some scat last year that I was sure was cat (bobcat or mt lion)... I meant to take a picture but we moved on too fast.

While searching the topic I found this, which I found very funny for some reason... a poop scarf:

http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/Scat...danas-C158.aspx
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:25 AM

Can you identify this scat, man?

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:31 AM

QUOTE (junkie @ Jul 31 2007, 08:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
While searching the topic I found this, which I found very funny for some reason... a poop scarf:


I read yesterday that some zoo is selling picture frames made from panda poo!

No joke.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 08:56 AM

My mom and I were in the park earlier this month and saw an amazing variety of scat...I actually wish we would have taken pictures of it all and tried to identify it! We never did see any wildlife on trail but knew the animals were there somewhere! I had to laugh when I saw this post, since we commented several times on our hikes about taking pictures of the poo, since the animals were no where to be seen!
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:27 AM

For future visits, I believe there is a "scat exhibit" at the Fall River Visitor Center. People could take photos of the scat they find in the park and compare it on their digital cameras to those exhibits in order to identify it.

( know many people who specialize in bovine scatology. Some are right here among us!) jester.gif

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 01:09 PM

What a fantastic thread!
If only The Beautiful Wife would have taken those downward photos, so I could add them.
Oh well ... I have a few images burned into my memory, and I never forget a .... face?
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 01:38 PM

Scat can be a challenge, especially from omnivors like this scator. Its globular form tells you there is a lot of plant matter there. The fact that its a plop mound and not pellets tells you its not a deer most likely.

From the size relative to the plants its pretty darn big, which would lead to me Black bear as well.
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