As what goes up, must come down, so what goes in — unless it’s digested — must come out.
It has many names: dung, droppings, manure, cowpies, road apples, frass, buttons, worm cast, guano, buffalo chips, scat. And more. Who knew?
When you get right down to it, it’s all the same thing: animal poop.
The squeamish need read no further. The curious, however, may want to take a closer look. I found this scat on a trail in our woods. What did I learn?
- The content and shape of the scat suggest carnivore (think meat eater)
- The scat size suggests coyote (too small for wolf, too big for fox)
- The scat is all hair (so it was a mammal not a bird)
- All the hair is white (several animals have white hair but only one, the snowshoe hare, is entirely white)
- The coyote ate dinner in winter (snowshoe hares are usually only white during that season).
Sherlock would be proud.