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    Slightly OT: Desert Animal Scat

    OK all you poop freaks, don't get excited.

    While I haven't taken a picture yet, I'm curious to know what animal is leaving piles in the trails out at the McDowell's in which the scat appears to have something that I would have to describe as "orange peels" in it. Any ideas? Google searches for Arizona Animal Scat has yet to provide me with any good leads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tplace View Post
    OK all you poop freaks, don't get excited.

    While I haven't taken a picture yet, I'm curious to know what animal is leaving piles in the trails out at the McDowell's in which the scat appears to have something that I would have to describe as "orange peels" in it. Any ideas? Google searches for Arizona Animal Scat has yet to provide me with any good leads.
    The exclusive Valencia bobcat?

    Only wildlife I can think of that would be eating oranges and frequent the McDowells are javelina. Or a chubacaba.
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    Haha. Or the navel sub-genus?

    Looked at javelina pics and I'm thinking more like coyote... I haven't taken the time to stop and get all close to find out, but it LOOKS like an orange peel as I blow by it, trying not to get it in my tires. If anything I'd say it has a very orange hue in parts of it, similar to those of an orange peel.
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    I call that Cheeto-pooh

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    Poop?!? How can one not get excited about poop?

    Maybe try faecesbook.com...

    Might be Grave9, but he's usually pretty good about doing his business off-trail. Plus, I don't think he rides the McDowells so much, so likely not he.

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    Sorry, my bad.

    I'll try to remember to peel the oranges before I eat them from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tplace View Post
    Haha. Or the navel sub-genus?

    Looked at javelina pics and I'm thinking more like coyote... I haven't taken the time to stop and get all close to find out, but it LOOKS like an orange peel as I blow by it, trying not to get it in my tires. If anything I'd say it has a very orange hue in parts of it, similar to those of an orange peel.
    Does it smell, look, and taste like poop? If so, be careful not to step in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    Does it smell, look, and taste like poop? If so, be careful not to step in it.
    That just never gets old. For some reason it is funnier when spoken with a poorly rendered approximation of a Russian accent.

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    The animal is a large jack rabbit. the orange laced dooty is because of the carrots I fed him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertCrawler View Post
    That just never gets old. For some reason it is funnier when spoken with a poorly rendered approximation of a Russian accent.
    Or Cheech and Chong impression, which is the first time I heard it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire View Post
    Or Cheech and Chong impression, which is the first time I heard it.
    Yeah, that was funny too. Not PC these days though, I reckon, and we all know how much we care about that.

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    it belongs to the javelina.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cato View Post
    I call that Cheeto-pooh

    Cheetos have more sense than to poop on the trail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by possumjenkins View Post
    it belongs to the javelina.....

    How do you know?
    Did you ask it?

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    Coyote poop. The coyotes cross McDowell Mt.road and go into the citrus grove on the reservation and eat the oranges on the ground.

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    yesterday afternoon i went out into my new backyard with gloves and a grocery bag and picked up about 4lbs of dried crap that the previous owner's dog left in the rockscape. I'm going to see if i can get their address so i can mail it to them with a note "I missed the part about DOG **** DOES NOT CONVEY at the open house"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARIZycle View Post
    Coyote poop. The coyotes cross McDowell Mt.road and go into the citrus grove on the reservation and eat the oranges on the ground.
    Well, that explains why the coyotes cross the road, or at least this particular one...still haven't heard a validated reason for chickens though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertCrawler View Post
    Well, that explains why the coyotes cross the road, or at least this particular one...still haven't heard a validated reason for chickens though.
    I don't think we will get to the bottom of that one.

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    Pictures would help, but my bet is Javalina. They will poop right in the middle of the trail or on top of rocks to mark their territory. One of their main staples is Prickly Pear Cactus, especially the flower/fruit on top. I would not put it past them to eat oranges if available.

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    Ive seen the same thing on SOMO as well. Ive always assumed it was from something growing on the mountain that javelina are eating. Never stopped close enough to look at it to figure out if its orange peel though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARIZycle View Post
    I don't think we will get to the bottom of that one.
    +1

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    I vote for Javalina

    Quote Originally Posted by tplace View Post
    OK all you poop freaks, don't get excited.

    While I haven't taken a picture yet, I'm curious to know what animal is leaving piles in the trails out at the McDowell's in which the scat appears to have something that I would have to describe as "orange peels" in it. Any ideas? Google searches for Arizona Animal Scat has yet to provide me with any good leads.
    I've seen it may times before on SOMO. It was back in the day when there were orange groves all along the north side of the mountain. I often saw small herds of Javalina and fresh doo on the ground as you described.

    I'm simply putting 2 and #2 together.

    It could be coyotes, but I kinda put them in the same category as dogs in terms of what they might eat and I've never seen a dog eat citrus (but then again, dog's don't usually survive very long in the desert and a coyote can).

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