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Burwash elk in winter

 

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Burwash Wildlife Scats or Droppings

 

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The following images illustrate some of the wildlife scats (droppings) found in the Burwash area, south of the city of Sudbury.

This is the same area were most of the wildflowers were photographed.

We have seen moose, elk, deer, beaver, river otters, turtles, muskrat, one marten, and bear.  The scats help identify animals that are shy and not easily seen.

List of animal scats or droppings:

Animal Droppings or Scats

Looking at the droppings or scats is a good way to determine which animals are present in an area, even when you don't see the animal. Please do not pick up the scats because they may contain bacteria that could make you sick.

Elk droppings

Elk droppings. Compared to moose droppings, elk droppings are smaller, darker in colour, and contain less cellulose material.

Location: Burwash
Date: April 14, 2001.

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Moose droppings.

Moose droppings. Compared to elk droppings, moose droppings are larger, lighter in colour, and contain more cellulose material.

Location: Burwash
Date: April 14, 2001

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Elk scat in winter.

Elk scat, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 22, 2003

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Moose scat in the winter.

Moose scat, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 22, 2003

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Deer scat or droppings.

Deer droppings are smaller compared to elk or moose droppings.

Location: Burwash
Date: April 28, 2001

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Bear scat

The scats of bear are large and contain vegetable matter. Later in the summer, the scats will contain lots of seeds from blueberries and other fruit.

Location: Burwash
Date: June 24, 2001

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Fox scat

Location: Burwash
Date: April 22, 2001

Fox scat

 

Location: Burwash
Date: June 10, 2001

Fox or Coyote droppings contain lots of hair and are pointed at the end. Note the hair in the scat on the left and the bits of white bone in the scat on the right.

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Grouse scat, Burwash.

The scats of grouse are long and contain lots of vegetative matter.

Location: Burwash
Date: April 15, 2001

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Squirel scat

Squirrel scat is about 5 mm long. The squirrel left this scat in a hollow stump.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 16, 2001

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River otter scat that was deposited in winter close to a beaver dam, where the otter lived.

Location: Burwash
Date: December 29, 2001

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River otter scat, Burwash Ontario.

River Otter scat in summer, Copyright 2003 Andy Fyon.

River otter scat that was deposited in fall close to a beaver dam, where the otter lived.

Location: Burwash
Date: October 4, 2003

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