Yesterday (April 5th) hiking I came across this scene just off a hiking trail:
This is a pile of what appears to be white hair (*). There were no other visible animal remnants around (unless we missed some minor detail).
As a guess, this could have been the spot where some prey was consumed? Or killed?
The location was pretty deep within a fairly dense forest in central New York State in the USA, at approx 1800 ft. elevation. It is early spring (no snow on the ground for 1-2 weeks and temps now generally above freezing at the coldest).
Can anyone identify what animal this is from, and maybe take a guess at the cirucmstances?
I did a bit of searching to see what I could find - but interestingly there don't seem to be many white-haired mammals normally present in this area (or my search was lousy). Minks have small white patches. There are oddball albino individuals, but that seems unlikely.
(*) These really didn't look like feathers to us, but I guess that is a possibility... There are white birds around such as egrets or certain ducks, but I don't think this is the correct habitat for either.
EDIT: In case it is any help I've uploaded the original full res images here: