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Date Photo Taken: 11/09/2014
Location: north Georgia
Posted By: Sea

Notes:

We found this on a woodland walk. We have our suspicion as to what it is but can you confirm?

COMMENTS

  1. Jim Unregistered says:

    Pretty sure a raccoon left it.

    November 19th, 2014 at 11:25 am
  2. Bill S Unregistered says:

    Deer droppings with persimmon seeds

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:15 am
  3. Steiph Zargon Unregistered says:

    Looks like Bear Scat. Yes Virginia… Bears do Poop in the Woods! 😀

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:25 am
  4. Carolyn Large Unregistered says:

    Looks like bear scat.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:26 am
  5. Carolyn Goddard Unregistered says:

    Well not sure but I see seeds that maybe something ate. My guess is an animals scat. When they eat seeds they pass them.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:26 am
  6. Jim Unregistered says:

    Scat. Poop. Critter doodoo. Looks bigger than raccoon. Maybe bear??

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:27 am
  7. Raigan Unregistered says:

    Scat of some sort loaded with persimmon seeds

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:30 am
  8. marksfam Leaf Lover says:

    We see this all the time on our local trail…I always assumed fox or coyote who’s been eating persimmons.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:39 am
  9. Carol Unregistered says:

    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!

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:40 am
  10. Treadway Unregistered says:

    Animal poo with persimmon seeds that did not digest!

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:42 am
  11. Greg Clifton Unregistered says:

    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.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:42 am
  12. Alice Crawford Unregistered says:

    Bear? From here it looks pretty big. I have racoons here every day (they eat the cat’s food) but I’ve never seen anything like this.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:43 am
  13. vdathens Unregistered says:

    Depending on the size and amount it could be bear scat.

    November 20th, 2014 at 9:45 am
  14. Pamela Johnson Unregistered says:

    I just saw this on my walk with the dogs this morning! I was wondering about bear or raccoon also.

    November 20th, 2014 at 10:29 am
  15. Jim Unregistered says:

    No way to be certain, but I’m sticking by raccoon. There’s plenty of example photos of raccoon scat and other candidates online.

    November 20th, 2014 at 10:31 am
  16. Jim Unregistered says:

    The way that it’s segmented is a key factor, plus raccoons eat a lot of persimmons. Wouldn’t think it a big part of fox or coyote diet.

    November 20th, 2014 at 10:34 am
  17. Dave Unregistered says:

    If it was at my house, it would be our black lab’s poop with all the persimmons she eats. I would say a raccoon.

    November 20th, 2014 at 11:19 am
  18. ralph Unregistered says:

    I am going with coyote scat and either persimmon or mimosa seeds….

    November 20th, 2014 at 11:27 am
  19. Gary Unregistered says:

    With out a doubt it is from a chupacabra.

    November 20th, 2014 at 11:27 am
  20. Kent Unregistered says:

    It is too big to call it raccoon or fox scat.
    Definitely coyote, they do eat a lot of persimmons in the fall.

    November 20th, 2014 at 11:28 am
  21. Bob Sagoes Unregistered says:

    Deer, poop for sure.

    November 20th, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  22. Lois Unregistered says:

    Raccoon poop! I find this on my tiny farm every year. This year I dug the seeds out (yuck, I know) and have tried to get them to sprout just to see what they are. No luck with that yet!

    November 20th, 2014 at 12:36 pm
  23. Jim Unregistered says:

    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.

    November 20th, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  24. Ellen Unregistered says:

    Looks like dog poop with persimmon seeds in it. My dogs love those persimmons!

    November 20th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
  25. Ruth McKennon Unregistered says:

    I agree. I agree that it looks bigger than a raccoon or even possum. If there is a stray dog in the area, it would be something that size or larger.

    We had a dog that loved persimmons from the tree just outside our fence, He particularly seemed to like them after they fermented a bit on the ground. if he ate too many, he would act tipsy.

    The seeds are definitely undigestible.

    November 20th, 2014 at 4:42 pm
  26. Eddie Rhoades Unregistered says:

    Not all Oriental persimmons are seedless and non-astringent.

    November 20th, 2014 at 5:06 pm
  27. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I’m gonna go with raccoon scat….one who recently dined on ripe persimmons!

    For a great pictorial guide, see http://icwdm.org/inspection/BlackBrownDroppings.aspx

    November 20th, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  28. Dick Unregistered says:

    Looks like wild hog scat with persimmon seeds….see it all the time on our hunting lease in Wilkes County

    November 20th, 2014 at 7:48 pm
  29. christina Unregistered says:

    It is coyote poo

    November 21st, 2014 at 5:09 am
  30. Jim Unregistered says:

    Here’s the ultimate website for identifying animal tracks and scat: http://www.bear-tracker.com/

    After studying a bunch of them, I still favor raccoon for our puzzle.

    November 21st, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  31. fer Unregistered says:

    Something in the photo for scale would help — a coin or such. Definitely persimmon seed in the scat, and when you split them open, they can forecast the weather.

    November 21st, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  32. stone Master Identifier says:

    @Lois…
    I’ve planted those seeds rescued from animal poop…
    They come up in the spring.

    Part of the fruiting tree’s survival strategy, to use animals as dispersal agents for the seeds…. Is why the seeds are so difficult to remove…. If we spit them out, the tree is less successful.
    Of course… Get too specialized, and your dispersal agent goes extinct… Become an anachronism:
    https://www.americanforests.org/magazine/article/trees-that-miss-the-mammoths/

    November 21st, 2014 at 1:55 pm
  33. chris Unregistered says:

    bear scat with persimmon seeds.

    November 21st, 2014 at 4:35 pm
  34. Sister Albert Unregistered says:

    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.

    November 22nd, 2014 at 7:48 pm
  35. South GA Unregistered says:

    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!

    November 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 am
  36. Jean Unregistered says:

    Coyote scat with persimmon seeds.

    November 23rd, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  37. David Unregistered says:

    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.

    November 26th, 2014 at 3:53 pm
  38. David Unregistered says:

    If it has a lot of hair in it its coyote poo.

    November 26th, 2014 at 3:58 pm
  39. Alan Unregistered says:

    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.

    November 29th, 2014 at 12:07 am
  40. Carla Unregistered says:

    Did you ever ID the poop? Looks like coyote poop.

    October 28th, 2018 at 2:48 pm
  41. Divad Unregistered says:

    Bear scat.

    November 1st, 2018 at 9:34 pm

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