mystery poop #797330

Asked June 22, 2022, 5:52 PM EDT

Can you ID this scat? It’s the size of a dog’s. We don’t have dogs & it’s full of some kind of seed. We don’t have a compost pile either. This is 5’ from our back door.

Charlevoix County Michigan

Expert Response

I believe this is raccoon scat, although I'm not certain on the size of the scat and if it's much larger than I'm thinking (i.e., about 4-5" long and 0.5" wide), I suppose it could be black bear scat. Having a raccoon scat on your deck is more likely than a bear, just in terms of their behavior (foraging around human settlements) and their abundance. 

Regarding it being the size of a dog's scat, I'm not sure if that's a large dog or small dog breed, so I'm a bit hesitant to commit to how large this scat really is.  Raccoons and black bears both eat a lot of berries and their scats can look similar except for size. 

These links may be helpful in determining the animal if you can measure the size (length, width).,to%207%20inches%20in%20length.

Also be aware that raccoon scat can carry several diseases transmissible to humans so pleas take caution when removing this scat and cleaning the area.

I hope this helps.


Clay Wilton Replied June 22, 2022, 10:52 PM EDT

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