Anne Miller wrote:I agree with Amy as that scat looks like raccoon scat.
Other than being a nuisance, raccoons do what raccoons do.
bruce Fine wrote:coyote scat kind of looks like that too, and coyote eats meat, fruits, nuts, whatever they can get. around here they strip persimmon trees in short order once fruit ripens
Amy Gardener wrote:The scent of human urine repels raccoons according to my very smart buddies at our local animal control office.
Anne Miller wrote:Maybe we could use the process of elimination to figure out what kind of animal left this scat.
What kind of animal do you see in that area?
Riley Hughes wrote:HEY! I have a strange hobby that involves me poking apart scats and finding out what animal left them. It would be useful to know your ecology, where you are located geographically, and some size context. For future cases, place something common next to the scat or animal track, like a coin, or a ring. This helps give context to the size of the thing in your image which is usually hard to decipher because the nature of these images are to be close up to the ground with no depth or reference.
Back to the point though. This is most likely not a cat as cats tend to be strictly carnivorous. The seeds in the scat say no to cat. It does seem rather racoonish, but another likley possibility is foxes if you have them in the area. Foxes like to leave their scat in high spots and at trail intersections. Look for more on top of logs or rocks.
I'd be interested to know your geographic region so that I have a better idea what kinds of animals may live in that range.
Riley Hughes wrote:After doing a little looking into the wildlife common to your area, my best bet would be that the culprit is a common Genet. They are mostly carnivorous but are also known to eat fruits when they are available. They build latrines (similar to a racoon), that are also used for scent marking edges of territory.. I can't find any Genet scat pictures online to compare it to, but this makes the most sense to me assuming there is some other animal I don't know exists in the area.