Can You Identify the Animal from Its Scat? (poo)
by Bambi Turner
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You're in the woods and you come across a big pile of poo. No big deal right? Unless it was left just moments ago by a ferocious grizzly or mountain lion! Learning to recognize animals by their waste is a useful skill for hunters, wilderness lovers and those looking to learn more about the natural world.

Believe it or not, all poo is not created equally. It can vary in the form it takes, the size and shape, the color and odor, and what it's made up of. Some scat is small and compact, while others are large and loose. Some are tubular, while others are round. Scat can be textured differently and even filled with undigested food items, like berries, bones and wood fibers.

By understanding the types of scat left by different animals, you can keep yourself safe while out hiking or camping. Hunters use this useful skill to track an animal and determine which creatures might have been in an area -- and how long ago they may have left. Even simple homeowners who steer clear of nature might find scat identification useful for figuring out which pests are hanging out in the attic, or chowing down on the plants in the garden.

Ready to put your scat spotting skills to the test? Take this quiz to see how many animals you can recognize only by their droppings!

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