Does a bear poop in the woods?
A better question is "Did a bear poop in the woods near my house?"
I live in the Blue Rigde Mountains of Virginia, and we do have some Black Bear sightings now and then. I found some droppings yesterday that look mighty suspicious. I find plenty of Whitetail droppings, which are easily identified. There are also plenty of domestic animals around, like cats and dogs, and the rare coyote or mountain lion. But the droppings I found were not any of the above. There are some cattle within a mile or so of the site, but it is highly unlikely that a cow or any kind of farm animal would be so far back in these woods. Besides, it didn't look like any cow patty that I've seen - and I've seen plenty. So, I hope to get your "expert" opinion.
This is the scat I found:
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There were a couple more "piles" like it, but this was the best one. It looks fairly old to me.
So, WSF, is it bear poop or not?