Win a copy of Compost Teas for the Organic Grower this week in the Composting forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Devaka Cooray
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Dave Burton
  • Dan Boone
gardeners:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Mandy Launchbury-Rainey
  • Mike Barkley

Perplexing Porcupine Poo Pile :)

 
Posts: 69
Location: Zone 4B, Maine, USA
11
forest garden books chicken homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I am stumped as to what critter made this pile on our land. [See attached pic - hopefully it works, I haven't tried attaching media before...]

They are tubular, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long and about 3/8 inch in diameter. I don't think they could be skunk, raccoon or porcupine (which we have a lot of). All kinds of things run around here. I've not seen anything like this before.

Any thoughts?
Mystery-poop.jpg
[Thumbnail for Mystery-poop.jpg]
 
Posts: 137
Location: Maritimes , Eastern Canada
9
kids forest garden fish trees food preservation pig wood heat woodworking homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My guess porcupine. Note also  heavy with fibre.
 
Bobby Reynolds
Posts: 69
Location: Zone 4B, Maine, USA
11
forest garden books chicken homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Mark Deichmann wrote:My guess porcupine. Note also  heavy with fibre.



I was wondering about the fibrous look. Definitely SOUNDS like something a porcupine could do. But I've had LOTS of porcupine to deal with around here. Up until now all porcupine scat I've found looks (more or less) like black licorice jelly beans. Well it starts out green then turns black. But their diet changes with the seasons, so maybe the scat does, too? This stuff is about three times longer than the porcupine "jelly beans" I usually find around here.

Hmmm...
 
pollinator
Posts: 1793
Location: Wisconsin, zone 4
93
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have a porcupine that leaves piles just like that
 
Mark Deichmann
Posts: 137
Location: Maritimes , Eastern Canada
9
kids forest garden fish trees food preservation pig wood heat woodworking homestead
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Right Bobby,

Seasonal dietary variations effect how it looks. I have caves where they(porkies) hide from the cold, and there is alot of that stuff.

Also worth noting age and gender can give different looking droppings. The black ones you have seen are likely a younger possibly female individual.

Cheers , and remember the "porc of the pine" is a very good food source if they are plentiful and you are so inclined.
 
Bobby Reynolds
Posts: 69
Location: Zone 4B, Maine, USA
11
forest garden books chicken homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Mark Deichmann wrote:Right Bobby,

Seasonal dietary variations effect how it looks. I have caves where they(porkies) hide from the cold, and there is alot of that stuff.

Also worth noting age and gender can give different looking droppings. The black ones you have seen are likely a younger possibly female individual.

Cheers , and remember the "porc of the pine" is a very good food source if they are plentiful and you are so inclined.



Thanks, everyone! That clears it up!

Porcupine good eating? I had no idea, Mark! I wouldn't have guessed it because they can be rather stinky. You learn something everyday!
 
It's hard to fight evil. The little things, like a nice sandwich, really helps. Right tiny ad?
Taylor&Zach’s Bootcamp Journey
https://permies.com/t/115886/permaculture-projects/Taylor-Zach-Bootcamp-Journey
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!