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Location: SW Oregon
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Hey fellas, anyone else have trouble finding scat sign in the spring? I've seen all kinds of other sign but no scat. I know they are there, because people say they have seen many bear in the area. What's up with the lack of poop? Just want to make sure I'm not about to pump a dry well. Brick Wall,)

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Re: Scat?
Bama76 wrote:
Hey fellas, anyone else have trouble finding scat sign in the spring? I've seen all kinds of other sign but no scat. I know they are there, because people say they have seen many bear in the area. What's up with the lack of poop? Just want to make sure I'm not about to pump a dry well. Brick Wall,)

In the spring many bears are still denning or lethargic. Food sources are minimal and digestive tracts are slow. Scat will be far and between until later in the year when they are into the berries.

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Hey Bill,
It's been a while. I figured I could count on you for the answer.

I thought it was because of hibernation, but my neighbor insist that they don't hibernate around here.

Thanks again Thumbs up

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To a degree he is right. They don't truely hibernate, but they do sleep for long periods. Very little activity and eating.

Think about a person that doesn't eat a lot. They may "drop" once a day, but those who eat all the time will "drop" more.

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Early Spring scat is different than what we normally think bear scat should look like. Volume and consistency. At least around here.

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Same here on the west coast.

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Got any pics or a description of it?

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Here are a couple pics of the largest single piece of bear dookie I have ever seen. I found these in Western WA in the first week of February 2009. The pictures don't do it justice. This thing was larger then a softball.

I noticed this while following a bobcat track across a beaver dam. I saw the fresh bobcat turds first, then I noticed the bear crap. It was at least a week old and looked a lot like domestic dog, only a lot more. It seemed to be the consistancy of moist dog food. There is a quarter on the ground for size reference.

A couple days later I was back and I noticed this about 5 feet away. I was shocked to say the least. I thought we had an elephant on the loose. The round is a .243 for reference. This seemed to be the consistancy of damp pressboard.

Here is one from spring 2008 that I call the Trifecta!

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Location: SW Oregon
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Thanks again Bill. Say, those terds look like they were on dry ground? If rained on, do they look like little cow pies?

I went for Spring opening today and thought I was pumping a dry hole, but there was what looked like cow poop everywhere. But I didn,t see cattle anywhere even close. It is open range though? Think

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Nope. It should not look like cow poop and the volume should also be an indictor. Piles are usually far and few between in the spring, unless there is a food source that gives them the craps.

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billythekidrock wrote:
Nope. It should not look like cow poop and the volume should also be an indictor. Piles are usually far and few between in the spring, unless there is a food source that gives them the craps.

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