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Mammalian Scats. Identification via Excrement!!!!. Optional Terminology. Feces Excrement Pellets Droppings Poop The list could go on and on…. An Important Mammalian ID Tool. Mammals versus Birds…. Mammals separate waste into solid and liquid Birds and some reptiles void 1 substance. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Mammalian ScatsIdentification via Excrement!!!!

  • Optional TerminologyFecesExcrementPelletsDroppingsPoopThe list could go on and on.

  • An Important Mammalian ID Tool Mammals versus Birds.Mammals separate waste into solid and liquidBirds and some reptiles void 1 substance

  • Full of Useful InformationIt can be smelly, gross, disease riddenBUT!Is filled with great ID information:1. Diet:Hairs, feathers, bones, insect limbs and shells, fruit skins, seeds2. Population size/location of the species3. DNA Information4. Health of the animal: parasites

  • Non-invasive Method of Data Collection:

  • Black Rhino: Critically Endangered

  • How do Scientists Utilize Scat?Conservation Biology Research

    Plant Focused Research

    University of Washington Elephant Research

  • LimitationsTremendous variety due to:Seasonal food availabilityAge and health of animalOther stresses on the animal

  • General CharacteristicsTwists:Weasels-extremely twisted and narrow

    Canine family-sometimes twisted

  • Animals without TwistsCats (feline)BearsRaccoons

  • Segmented???Cats usually have segmented scatsCanine and Weasels tend to be 1 cordBobcatWolf

  • Blunt versus Tapered????Canines tend to have 1 or more tapered endsWeaselslong and thin tapered endsBlunt endscats, raccoons, bears

  • Given those Characteristics..GREAT VARIABILITY

  • NAME THAT SCAT!

    BLACK BEAR

  • NAME THAT SCAT!DEER

  • NAME THAT SCAT!RABBIT

  • Deer vs. Rabbit

  • NAME THAT SCAT!COYOTE

  • NAME THAT SCAT!BOBCAT

    Scratch Marks

  • NAME THAT SCAT!MOUSE

  • REMEMBER.As tempting as is may be.If you find scat, never pick it up! Animals carry diseases that might be passed through their feces.

  • FYI---BE PREPARED!!!Fri Dec 11th: High 55 Low 31 Partly CloudyChance of rain:0% Wind: SE at 11 mph

    Friday.we will go outside and attempt to track and locate scat for mammals on campus!!!Bring coats, hats, gloves, appropriate shoes etc..

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