identify this scat`

Mahlon G. Kelly mgk at darwin.clas.Virginia.EDU
Mon Dec 18 01:06:23 EST 1995

btoohey at writes:
> Quite often while backpacking in the New England area, I come across
> scat 3-5" long. Hair fibers are usually visible, and the dropping is
> usually pointed at one or both ends. The unusual thing about this
> particular type of scat is that it always seems to be deposited atop a
> medium-sized rock (up to 1.5 ft. in diameter), frequently in the middle
> of a hiking trail.
> What animal produces this scat? It may seem odd, but I've wondered
> about this for a while.
> Email would be great.
> Thanks,
> -Brian
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