animal in the orchard...

fireduck(10a)April 26, 2013

I have a mystery guest who wanders through my orchard at night and deficates (poops) in my water fountain. I mean this is a serious sized (human sized) poop. Any ideas as to what this sucker is??? Racoon or opossum???

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Bad neighbor?

Raccoon isn't nearly that big but they do like to mark their territory in that manner so it's possible. They seem to want to mark my lumber pile in an open shed.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:52PM
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marknmt

Bear? That's the closest to human scat I've seen. A good sized bear leaves an impressive pile. Check for berry seeds in season. Hair in the scat could be bear but is more often fox or coyote. Bears rummage and turn things over, smaller critturs poke and pry. Large cats are rare in towns and cities. Bear scat tends to be squarish and canines and cats are more often tapered. Cats will usually scratch around their scat and cover it if they can.

Probably more than you wanted to know ...

:-)M

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:37PM
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foolishpleasure

May be big dog. I am suffering from dog's poop all over my yard. They invade the trash at night.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 5:11AM
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oldryder

Geese. big turds. surprisingly big turds.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 7:51AM
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fireduck(10a)

thanks for the poop ideas...haha. Thinking it is probably opposum after googling and researching. Have seen them around. Back property is fenced. Eliminated the geese, bear, and human ideas. ;)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 10:05AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Opossum have human sized poop?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 10:55AM
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ericwi

Must be a giant opossum!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:22PM
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northernmn(3/4)

1. Sasquatch
2. Man-Bear-Pig
3. Huge Coon (they like to do things in and around water)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:38PM
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mrsg47(7)

Racoons like to pooh in my small pond. Nasty things. Mrs.G

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:46AM
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fabaceae_native

Also keep in mind that any poop is likely to swell significantly in water. So possum is quite likely, even though they are not too big themselves...

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:54AM
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