Looks like bear scat to me, depending on area of the country and if bears are in the area. Looks too large for racoon. There are web sites with photos of different scat for different animals. Good luck!
Another poster suggested racoon poop and that is not out of the question, but I’m pretty sure it is ‘Possum poop though it is a pretty large “log” for such a small critter. The what’s in it question is easy, those are definitely [American] persimmon seeds (the Oriental persimmons don’t have seeds). Opossums evidently don’t experience the pucker factor that American persimmons casuse in humans prior to a heavy frost (which Oriental also don’t cause). ‘Possums love persimmons and I used to see his quite frequently when I was running around in the woods in my youth.
No way to tell the size from the photo. The leaves could be small.
Bob: no way it’s deer. They leave small pellets.
This certainly wins the prize for most poopular posting. A lot of people seem to give a **** about its correct ID.
I’ve been curious about this scat and the source of food for years. Whatever critter depositing likes it to be noticed, because they “do it in the road”. The seeds are like pumpkin seeds, with the germ on the pointed end. The weeks and weeks of this kind of poop is way longer than pomegranates are ripe, so the fruit is a mystery to me. We have only one pomegranate tree in 2 square miles to my knowledge.
Other folks got it right already. It’s coyote droppings with persimmon seeds in it. And I’ll second what stone said – if you have the stomach (pun not intended), get those seeds. Persimmons seeds especially benefit from passing through the digestive tract of an animal. Gut acids break down the coating of the seed, preparing it to sprout like nothing else. Happy Scavenging!
I have not ever seen bear poo in person, but to me it looks like it could be buck(male deer) poo. The female deer(doe) have pellet/berry like poo, and the bucks have droppings that look like your picture above. Are there hoof or bear prints in the area? Do you see any black or brown fur? If you really want to know put a trail camera out and put deer and bear bait see what shows up.
After viewing this several times, I’m no longer as interested in the poopetrator as I am in that brass & silver looking thing that’s stuck in the middle of one of the segments (or is that just an optical illusion?). It’s in the segment on the right (a little less than dirty tree and a turd from the right side of the picture). Is that some kind of fitting or coupling, or is it just my imagination? It appears to be shiny metal.