Can you identify this scat?

Delphinium

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Last week I found this scat just outside the coop when I went out in the morning to let my chooks out. Can anyone identify it.... cat? raccoon? skunk?
 

Mrs. Feathers

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Apr 2, 2010
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racoon...cats always make some effort to bury or cover their poop
Watch you chickens, I just lost my favorite BA hen to a stupid racoon. Thought we were predator proof but apparently not.
 

TK421

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May 24, 2010
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Delph,

It is probably NOT a raccoon. Since you live in Arizona, you might also consider a ringtail (Bassariscus astutus), as well as skunk (striped, hognosed, and spotted), and opossum. it's full of seeds, and very small, so I wouldn't automatically worry about your chickens. Make sure there aren't any little holes in your setup, though.
 

woodmort

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Coon--I just trapped one and he left a mess of scat in the trap, had all kinds of seeds in it.
 

Delphinium

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 5, 2010
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Northern AZ
Thanks for all the replies! I don't think it could be a fox... we have a fenced yard, but I guess anything is possible. I was leaning toward skunk or racoon. We live in a neighborhood that backs up to the forest, and we have smelled skunks in our yard before. I just found the scat, no digging attempts this time, but I wanted to know what I might be dealing with. THANKS!!
 

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