Seeing as we are gearing up to set cameras targeting winter wildlife, I thought I would post a photo from late last winter (March 2014) as a reminder of the snow and winter fun to come. I know, I know, its gorgeous fall weather right now. But its exciting to have cooler weather and a change of seasons.
Red fox scat has rounded ends that are tapered (not twisty) and is often segmented. It is similar to domestic dog scat but much smaller and often filled with berries, hair, bones, grass, etc.
It is approximately 0.25 to 0.5 inches (1cm) in diameter – the same
diameter as a pinky finger – and 1 to 4 inches (2 to 10cm) long. If it is a little
larger, it may still be fox. If it is smaller (American marten size but without twisty ends), it could be a
fox pup. Below are some photos of Cascade red fox scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.
Next in our scatology series..... the mighty coyote. The western coyote, that resides here in the Cascade Range, is significantly smaller than the eastern coyote so their scats are smaller as well.
Most scat identification books, such as Mark Elbroch's Mammal Tracks and Sign give a size range of 0.75 and 1.5 inches diameter. It is generally segmented with tapered end (not twisty ends like a weasel, or blocky ends like a bobcat).
Below are some photos of coyote scats as confirmed by DNA analysis.