Mammals Revealed - Discovery and Documentation of Secretive Creatures


Carnivore Scat

The Carnivores are so secretive that they are rarely seen by people, or even by others of their kind. However, they must communicate with potential mates or competitors, and they accomplish this through scent marks, including scats. A scat sitting conspicuously on a trail or perched on a rock carries a specific message to other mammals with sensitive noses about the status of the territory holder. Humans can not decode this olfactory clue, but by keeping a watchful eye we can learn what species tread our trails and get an idea about what they have been eating.
AN ALTERNATE MEANS OF IDENTIFICATION [ Click on image to enlarge ]





 

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