The terminology used to describe the fecal matter of a bear is an exhaustive list: droppings, scat, stool, poop, bear crap and even more crass words. I’ve settled on using the word scat. It sounds more intelligent than its synonyms, and I can say it to my mom without feeling dirty. I believe scat is the most important type of bear sign, second only to actually seeing a bear. Why? Scat gives two very important clues – what the bear is eating and how recently he stood right there. Unlike ungulates that completely digest their food leaving consistent pellets, bears often have tangible evidence of their food in their scat.
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