Cat Scratch Fever

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  1. TheWhiteWoodsman

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    A few weeks ago I came upon this sign. To me it says "cat larger than a house cat." Being that I live in SE Michigan I have no experience with any cats apart from house cats. The two scratch marks pictured are only the two largest, there were multiple smaller scratches, the ground is relatively hard and so I did not find any tracks. There were also two scat piles, the photo is of the larger. Every sign I found was within about forty feet of each other where a long east west ridge narrows to its tightest point. Lastly the bic in the photos is a standards size.

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    The rain has come now and washed away all marks except for the scat. I did up a trail cam and my brother in law said only a coyote and raccoon (apart from humans) have passed in the four or so days it was up, though I have not looked at the photos myself. Will continue to monitor but would really appreciate some ideas!

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    Cats bury their scat so the scat isn't from a cat. The scratch marks are most likely from a large canine of some sort.
     
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    Looks like coyote doodi.
    I don't believe I have ever seen scratch marks like that before though.
     
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    Dogs do a rooster strut scratching the ground when they drop a deuce, I imagine coyotes probably do as well.
     
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    That's a bit of reality check. But I have to agree with @Nakadnu I've walked this path regularly my whole life and never seen sign like this, or anywhere on the property for that matter. It was so out of place that I had to imagine something that wasn't very common. That being said, we did set up a trail cam and caught a large coyote walking through. I haven't the photos myself though.
     
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    It may be that the scratches and scat are not from the same animal. Perhaps the coyote squatted there as a marker or a mere coincidence.
     
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    I know this post is a couple weeks old, but thats all coyote sign. Exactley what twill describes. Look at the location, it tells the same story, coyote. They love to run ridges and dirt roads and any long running terrain feature. Looks to me like its his callig card.
     
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    Also cats straight up cover their crap if their in the kind soil that allows em too.
     
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    Looks like a typical coyote scent post. Strange but it’s a way they mark boundaries and communicate. Hmm. Kinda like BCUSA but with pee and poo
     
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    Thanks everyone! You've convinced me, I did indeed have the fever and let my imagination take off.
     
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    This.
     
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    In case there are lingering doubts... :)

     
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    Sorry. That was me.
     
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    That's definitely coyote scat and a scrape. I see those all the time. I also find them from wolves. They look the same. Just BIGGER!

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