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Beaver Scat Anomaly

Finding an animal’s scat is usually pretty straight forward. The shape, size and contents (in this case egg-shaped, one-inch pellets of wood fibers resembling sawdust) of scat tells you who likely deposited it. But the location and amount of this beaver’s scat is highly unusual.

This pile was discovered on a road that passes between two large bodies of water. While beavers are commonplace here, finding their scat on dry land is an anomaly. Beavers are known to defecate only in water.

Often you will find beaver scat where they have been working, such as in the water right below a dam, but usually there are only a handful of pellets, if that —nowhere near the amount in this photograph. One can only wonder what might have caused this unusual deposit. (Photo by Jody Crosby)

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4 responses

  1. Libby

    I understood that beavers will travel some distance over land, by necessity, if their local food source has been disrupted or lost and they need to find a new site. Is that a possibility in this case?

    May 9, 2022 at 8:07 am

  2. Hugh Schultz

    He saw a logging truck comming

    May 9, 2022 at 8:13 am

  3. Alice

    Found some laxative?

    May 9, 2022 at 9:45 am

  4. david ascher

    Too much fiber in the diet? different trees than usual?

    May 9, 2022 at 12:03 pm

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