Stoney Moss

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mystery scat: a report & survey

I have many hike reports and adventures and misadventures to tell, but I think I will start with a little shit. Or a large amount, both in size and quantity. Spotted yesterday, August 6, 2011, on Sheep Canyon Trail 240 in the Mount St Helens wilderness.

No scientist, I forgot to set some scale object in the frame. The scat modules are about 2 inches.

Fibrous, uniform texture.

No berries, no hair.

What do you think?

I have some theories based on this fellow’s research. And the idea that the eater that produced the shit/scat has been limited by a large & late snow year (my hiking buddy and I walked over quite a few snow patches in our approach). In fact, I think with our late (barely¬†existent) summer the wild huckleberry crop will be poor this year in the Cascades. Not enough time to put on fruit.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Going by the size, mostly. Though I confess my only notion of what cougars leave is that it ought to look like my housecat’s, only a lot bigger :-)

  2. I realize now that I don’t know shit.

  3. any gal who posts crap (literally) on her blog is a friend of mine!! you rock!