6

Here's another early springtime find in some woods of Central NY State (April 19th, snow mostly gone but only the earliest plants flowering or leafing).

A pretty large pile of what could be animal droppings? Looks like balled up hair. Right on the trail. Approx 12" / 30cm across.

I think this is much too large for owl pellets... and seemed pretty uniform in composition.

Is it droppings? If so, what predator / prey? If not, what is it?

enter image description here

7
  • 2
    Might be a pellet. Did you notice any bones? Apr 21, 2020 at 10:59
  • @no, did not, which was one of the reasons I thought a pellet was less likely, aside from the size. Apr 21, 2020 at 11:27
  • Did you open one up? Apr 21, 2020 at 14:04
  • @WeatherVane we poked around a bit, and it all seemed fairly homogenous. Apr 21, 2020 at 14:13
  • 1
    Could be hair-balls from a big cat (cougar?) or droppings from a similar animal after eating something with lots of hair/fur?
    – bob1
    Apr 21, 2020 at 20:26

1 Answer 1

2

Yes, Most likely from a coyote. They eat everything but cant digest the hair. I've seen some mountain lion poop look like that also.

2
  • This was certainly in a coyote friendly area. Mountain lions... not so much as far as I know. Aug 22, 2020 at 2:15
  • agreed, looks like coyote scat to me as well. They pass hair after they eat a critter. And they also like to do so on well traveled paths and such to mark territory.
    – ShawnW.
    Sep 10, 2020 at 18:04

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.