A bobcat scat that was found at the edge of a dirt road, with a scrape next to it. On some surfaces, the scrape will not be as clear as this. Bobcats often, but not always, leave a scrape next to their scat. Sometimes, they will make a scrape and urinate on it, or they may not deposit anything at all on it. Scrapes and scats function as territorial markers.
This scat with long scrape was deposited on a dirt trail. Bobcats often deposit scats at trail intersections. In this case, the bobcat made the deposit on a human trail, but a deer trail crossed it at this point. Animals don't differentiate between the users of the trails. It's just a travel route to them.
|This scat was deposited on top of a large scraped area.|
|This is a close-up of the scat that was deposited in the scrape above.|
This bobcat scrape
is approximately one month old. Cat scat is usually
segmented and blunt on the ends. It is not always
completely buried like that of domestic cats. This
scrape was located in the middle of a seldom-used
fire road. There had been rain and a little snow,
but the track was still visible on the left side of
the picture at the end of the scrape.
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