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I took a picture of this in mixed wooded hills in Oregon in winter. I thought it might be animal scat and was wondering what type of animal, but I asked someone who thought it might be slime mold, at which point I remembered I didn't notice a smell from it.

Can anyone identify this from the picture?

Surroundings:

surrounding ground & leaves

Close-up:

close-up

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    That's definitely poop, not mold. – Olin Lathrop Dec 28 '17 at 13:39
  • @OlinLathrop Thanks. I've seen more since I asked, and still curious what it is from - deer, bear, dog, raccoon, skunk, coyote... – Dronz Dec 28 '17 at 18:08
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    One way to identify bear poop is that it has bear bells in it, and it smells like bear spray. – Olin Lathrop Dec 28 '17 at 18:23
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After looking through all of the pages of Google Image search slime molds, I was unable to find anything that resembled the brown stuff in the above images. There is a list of the Slime Molds of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington and nothing in that looks similar either.

I would say that it is runny scat from an unknown animal.

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    +1, but I am surprised that you did not continue to exmine the pictures of runny animal scat – ab2 ReinstateMonicaNow Mar 11 '17 at 23:30
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    @ab2 It you want to examine pictures of runny animal scat in great detail, knock yourself out :) – Reinstate Monica Mar 12 '17 at 0:43
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    This could be anything - even dog (who often get mucusy poop due to their anal glands... what a mental image for a Monday morning...) – Aravona Mar 13 '17 at 8:53

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