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Scent Posts

2-17-16 scent posts 026Scent posts can serve as territorial markers as well as a means of conveying hierarchy, breeding status, gender, fitness, etc. When you think of a scent post, where an animal deposits its scent either by rubbing, urinating or defecating, one often thinks of it as being used by one animal to communicate with other individuals of the same species. However, for whatever the reason, a rock, stump or the junction of two trails can prove irresistibly appealing to more than one species. Each chooses to leave messages for other members of its respective species at the same location. In this case, two predators, a Fisher (left) and an Eastern Coyote (right), left their scat at the base of a rotting stump. The tracks of both of these animals were evident throughout the area. In sharing the same scent post, were they vying for the same territory, advertising for a mate (both are at the peak of their mating season), or simply making their presence known? Unfortunately, the human nose isn’t equipped to answer this question.

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3 responses

  1. Just spent a day with Sue Morse, identifying scent posts – especially, as you say, at junctiions

    February 18, 2016 at 8:15 am

  2. Suzy

    Why walkies can be so pokey…

    Suzy Fried Sent from my iPhone

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    February 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

  3. Cheron barton

    Very interesting!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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    February 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

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