Panther scat in trail

The appearance of panther scat is variable, depending on how soon after feeding the scat was deposited. The panther’s initial meal usually consists of the organ meat of its prey and the resulting scat is very dark and runny. However, a more typical, frequently observed scat consists of hair and bone fragments.

The scats are tubular shaped, about one and a half inches in diameter, and can be up to ten inches long. The scats also are segmented and twisted, often breaking at these junctions, and the ends are frequently tapered and pointed. Unlike house cats, panthers do not cover their scats except near kill sites. Bobcat scats have the same characteristics as panther scats but are generally smaller in length and diameter and contain smaller bone fragments.

Panther scat next to ruler for scale



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