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Ted’s essays

scat


Yesterday I found a carcass just outside our fenced yard.

Our neighborhood has large populations of deer, turkeys, lions and bears.

The prior owners of our house scooted quickly back inside when the little old lady stepped into the breezeway to face a bear and her cub.

I added a six-foot chain link fence to encourage predators to stay out of our yard, but I know it is only a deterrent. A mountain lion could jump that with a deer in its mouth.

My carcass find yesterday was a reminder.

Later in the day I found this big poop.

I admit I don’t know scat.

But this one seems quite large … larger than a mountain lion. Perhaps a very large bear.

I dunno, but I would like to.

I’ll be asking around.

If the big guy patrolling the outside of our fence decides to come in, I would like to have some idea of what I will be facing.

The object is to avoid having one of us turned into parts A and B that the two photos depict.