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Naturalist Notebook 

November 6, 2011

Who Pooped?


Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall

This scat generally has a short taper or blunt ends. It may contain animal remains, such as hair and bones, or plant remains, such as berry seeds. Ants are also commonly found in this scat. The animal that made it lives in at least 40 US States as well as Canada and Mexico.

Who pooped?

Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Wednesday, November 9th.

If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.


Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast, Including British Columbia: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species / James C. Halfpenny ; illustrated by Todd Telander. Helena, Mont. : Falcon, c1999. Naturalist Center Reference QL768 .H36 1999

Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 8:49 am

1 Comment »

  1. Slow week for scat. This week’s was left by an American black bear Ursus americanus. To learn more about black bears and see videos and pictures of them, check out these websites:

    We’ll have another “Who Pooped?” challenge soon, but in the meantime, see if you can guess the animal in our latest “Spotlight On…”

    Comment by nature — November 9, 2011 @ 9:10 am

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