Outdoor musky scent- animal?

Asked January 15, 2020, 10:50 PM EST

Outdoor Musk smell for last week- animal? Asked January 15, 2020, 10:47 PM EST For the past week, there has been a strong musky/perfume/sweet smell outside. We live in a mixed forested area and recently saw a moose print. We also are known to have black bear (assuming they are hibernating), deer, coyote, Fox, skunk, bobcat, etc. Any idea what animal could be emmiting this smell in mid January? It’s been very noticeable as we walk down our dirt road and smell it for 0.5 miles or so. We’ve had warm temperatures but don’t think it’s related to anything decomposing like leaves or standing water. Could it be a bear? Or some animal in rutting cycle? Please help us solve this odiferous mystery!

New York wildlife

1 Response

Thank you for your questions. The assigned expert has been unavailable. I suggest you contact your county Extension office for help. You did not indicate your county, but you can find it and contact information through this webpage: https://cce.cornell.edu/localoffices

Good luck!