Everyone does it, though not everyone does it in the woods. But hey, poop happens.
Everyone does it, though not everyone does it in the woods. But hey, poop happens. If it happens on a skid trail associated with a timber harvest in the NYC watershed, chances are one of our watershed foresters or research staff have seen it. Can you figure out which animals left these reminders of their existence? (Key below, but no peeking!)
Image 1. Deer
Image 2. Bear
Image 3. Coyote
Image 4. Coyote with snails
Image 5. Berry Bear
Image 6. Squirrel
Image 7. Toad stool (You see what I did there…)
Image 8. Your guess is as good as mine. The “hairs” on it were actually fungus
Image 9. Coyote poop with small hoof
The MyWoodlot.com team will be at the Woodsmen’s Festival at the Hanford Mills Museum on October 5th and the Taste of the Catskills Festival on Oct. 12 and 13. Make sure you stop by and try your hand at the CrapTrackular, a game which tests your skills in identifying wildlife tracks and scat. Don’t worry, the poo is not real!
The CrapTrackular at the Woodsmen’s Field Days in Boonville, NY.
In the meantime, you can hone your animal tracking skills here: https://www.mywoodlot.com/item/identify-wildlife-tracks.