Bear Scat

Asked July 1, 2016, 12:14 PM EDT

How can I tell if some scat I've found on my property is bear scat?

Clackamas County Oregon wildlife identification

1 Response

It's hard to see what the contents of the scat are from these shots, but I think it's quite possible (depending on size) that these are from a deer or elk eating really moist, rich plants - as are currently available. Although we're used to seeing the usual "pellet" form from those animals, once they switch to foods with high moisture content, we tend to see these patty-type excretions. Bears can also produce patties, but we tend to also see that when they're mass-feeding on juicy things like berries, which also tend to show up on the surface of the scat.