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2-28-18 mystery photo 049A3141Who’s the predator (scat)? Who’s the prey (tail part)?  Both are approximately 1 1/2″ long. Please post responses on blog ( ) under “comments.”

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28 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    The food chain. Fisher vs Red Squirrel (prey) …wonder why the tail tip wasn’t eaten.

    February 28, 2018 at 8:29 am

    • Kathy Schillemat

      Mink and red squirrel is my guess.

      February 28, 2018 at 9:20 am

  2. Ann Buckingham

    red squirrel tail, fox scat

    February 28, 2018 at 8:42 am

  3. nelsondonnal

    Re squirrel prey of fisher

    February 28, 2018 at 8:43 am

  4. Betsy Bobo

    Perhaps a fisher cat has dined on a red squirrel?

    February 28, 2018 at 8:59 am

  5. Kathy Schillemat

    Re: the question of why the tail tip wasn’t eaten. I can’t answer that except to note that my cat never eats the tails of the flying squirrels that she kills.

    February 28, 2018 at 9:22 am

    • Sara Hart

      Would be great to keep your cat indoors or on a leash for the sake of preserving native wildlife like flying squirrels, birds, and anything else cats kill. Pets get fed at home, they kill native wildlife for their own fun.

      March 1, 2018 at 9:49 am

  6. Michael Sebetich

    red fox predator and squirrel tail prey

    February 28, 2018 at 9:24 am

  7. Jim Lafley

    Red squirrel preyed on by weasel

    February 28, 2018 at 9:27 am

  8. Lucy Hull

    It looks like something ate a flying squirrel, although the tail is smaller than I would have thought. Fisher?

    February 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

  9. Kathryn

    Neither of them look like they had a very good day…

    February 28, 2018 at 9:45 am

  10. Edie Posselt

    Flying squirrel victim and weasel/ermine perp

    February 28, 2018 at 10:09 am

  11. Kathryn Dean

    Fox scat and red squirrel tail

    February 28, 2018 at 10:28 am

  12. Bill On The Hill...

    Coyote / Red Squirrel… 🙂

    February 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

  13. Sally

    Fox and red squirrel.

    February 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

  14. Wendy

    Coyote ate a squirrel

    February 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  15. Kathie Fiveash

    I think it is weasel scat and chipmunk tail.

    February 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm

  16. Noreen

    Weasel preyed on a skunk.

    February 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm

  17. Rachel Stern

    Hi Mary,Do you offer workshops with you as a guide? I’d be very interested. Your books live next to my bed and are read daily.I love your work.Rachel

    February 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    • Hi Rachel,
      I have offered walks such as you suggest in my younger days. If I should resume doing so, I will definitely let you know!

      March 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

  18. David Thomas-Train

    Weasel, squirrel

    February 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm

  19. Sue J

    My students say the prey is a red squirrel tail and the predator is a grey fox.

    February 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm

  20. Jessica Ackley

    Red squirrel got eaten by a mink or fisher, is my 5 year old sons guess 🙂

    March 1, 2018 at 5:20 am

  21. Sara Root-Simone

    Fisher cat and melanic gray squirrel perhaps

    March 1, 2018 at 6:44 am

  22. Barbara Holmes

    Here in South Carolina I have just purchased your latest book, Yodel, for my grand daughter who runs children’s programs for the Greenville Library System. Yodel joins all the others that you have written and is eagerly received by the kids. Thank you Mary for your dedication to the natural world.

    March 1, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    • Thank YOU, Barbara, for all you’ve done for me and my work.

      March 2, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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