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Do you think this is fox or raccoon scat? I don't think it is coyote.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by True Grit, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    It was way too close to my coop this morning but I saw no other sign, prints or digging marks. I looked on line but still can't identify it. It also had a partially digested mouse in it which I delicately decided not to post in a pic. [​IMG] Thanks!
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  2. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be helpful to put a ruler or something beside it for scale and back off a little.
     
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Hmmmm

    what makes you rule out coyote? One of the major food sources for coyote is mice.

    Around here raccoon poo shows a lot of big seeds. Could be that the vegatation around here lends to that---but never mice or fur like your pic displays. Just my 2-cents.
    Of course around here there are a lot of Prickley Pear cactus, and the fruits are mostly made of seeds...so that may have a lot to do with it.
     
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  4. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it looks like a mt lion or bobcat hairball to me. [​IMG]
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Owls regurgitate similar looking things.

    It doesn't look like feces to me

    http://www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Physiology&title=Digestion

    Owl Pellet:

    Several hours after eating, the indigestible parts (fur, bones, teeth & feathers that are still in the gizzard) are compressed into a pellet the same shape as the gizzard. This pellet travels up from the gizzard back to the proventriculus. It will remain there for up to 10 hours before being regurgitated. Because the stored pellet partially blocks the Owl's digestive system, new prey cannot be swallowed until the pellet is ejected. Regurgitation often signifies that an Owl is ready to eat again. When the Owl eats more than one prey item within several hours, the various remains are consolidated into one pellet.

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  6. ducknutt

    ducknutt Out Of The Brooder

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    My bet is it has been regurgitated sp? puked up .. due to the amount of hair and the undigested mouse. so something didnt sit right in its tummy whether the mouse was unhealthy for it or the amount of hair in its stomach..
     
  7. Boudicea Farms

    Boudicea Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like an owl pellet, they throw them up like hair balls usually will have bones in them too, I find them around the edge of my property all the time. Which is good news if you pen your chickens up at night when owls hunt. I had an owl that would perch on top of the coop to look for mice until a breeding pair of magpies moved in, I know they have the rep of being trash birds but since they moved in I don't have hawks or owls hanging around, the magpies tag team them off the property, They have also taken to feeding with the chickens when they are let out to free range.
     
  8. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is a different shot. Hopefully you can see the edges of the paper towel for scale. I didn't think it was coyote as I saw no digging and the coyote scat I have seen before is more ropy. Interesting, I never thought of an owl, although it seems like a lot for a bird...
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  9. chimneyrock

    chimneyrock Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure...it doesn't look like raccoon though.
     
  10. paperdragonfarm

    paperdragonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with the others about it being an owl pellet. You would see more of the tissues on that mouse butt broken down if it had passed through a mammal.
     

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