Any Scat Experts Out There?

coyote scat in the road

I’m actually pretty sure it is coyote scat. I have been coming across these piles recently (pretty large dog poop size piles) in the road and on the sidewalks along Eastern Point. At first I thought they were left behind by very inconsiderate dog owners, but then started seeing them out in the road, where I can’t imagine any conscientious dog owner would allow their dog to do their do. If you look close, you can see berries or something in there that I don’t think of as typical dog diet stuff. Anyone have any other ideas?

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

15 thoughts on “Any Scat Experts Out There?

    1. You are too funny Paul! You are right, even though a bit misshapen, it does have the look of a good chewy granola bar, or brownies with berries instead of nuts. Speaking of nuts.

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    1. Now that sounds like an old Paul Frontiero / Joey rag like I haven’t heard in ages. Of course, I don’t think Joey is full of it (coyote shit) at all, but I do like hearing the old Paul again. Toilet posts are in the future, I can feel it.

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  1. We have been seeing something like that the last few days on a gravel road in Essex and thought maybe coyote also. Odd we would see it only now when we have had coyotes near us for years. Could it be big birds – ducks, geese – or some small mammals that eat berries only seasonally?

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    1. This was some big scat pile – no small mammal made that, and definitely not a large bird – way too formed and not runny enough for a bird. If JoeAnn is correct and coyotes are feeding on wild blackberries right now (light summer fare), it makes sense.

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  2. Definitely coyote scat, they are living on wild blackberries right now, unlike the gray furry scat of wintertime mice and voles.

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  3. This just in from the Ministry of Fish and Wildlife:

    Due to the rising frequency of human-lion encounters, the Ministry is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen, and any motorcyclists that use the out-of-doors in a recreational or work related function to take extra precautions while in the bush.

    We advise the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advanced warning to any lions that might be close by so you don’t take them by surprise.

    We also advise anyone using the out-of-doors to carry “Pepper Spray” with him or her in case of an encounter with a lion.

    Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh lion activity, and be able to tell the difference between lion cub shit and big lion shit. Lion cub shit is smaller and contains lots of berries and classic fur. Big lion shit has bells in it and smells like pepper.

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    1. Yes, it is, and that means there are some good sized coyotes around creating it. I’ve only seen two myself, one was smallish and the other was large enough to create scat that big. I just find it interesting that they choose to do their do in the road rather than in the bush or on the grass. Dogs will always look for grass, dirt or leaves to go on and won’t go on the road or sidewalk unless they don’t have a choice. The coyotes seem to be boldly walking down the middle of the street and then leaving their scat there, like a message directed at us.

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  4. I would say it may be a message!!! Be glad you do not have free ranging chickens more notable than the amount is the coverage:-O Remember that Richard Pryor Joke when his dog told him I left a little something for you to remember me by? This may be it? :-O Dave

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