nightfly's picture

Fox dung

Observed: 24th March 2012 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammalsnightfly’s reputation in Mammals
24 mar 12 garve (43)
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts


Peadar na Breac's picture

I have told...

I have told you before Cathal about the incredible numbers of Wood pigeon tail feathers (in clumps)I find with the gelatinous 'root' ends chewed off. By what? Red Fox undoubtedly,although the Badger cannot be ruled out of course.

Aláine's picture

Looks to me like an old scat.

Looks to me like an old scat. I'm doubtful of it being a fox it's lacking the characteristic twisted end. I wouldn't rule out the American Mink to be honest, they are becomming dangerously more common on rivers.


nightfly's picture

Hi Alaine, I'm not sure a

Hi Alaine,

I'm not sure a twisted end can be expected on all fox dungs, depending on what they consist of. On fur or wool that point will be there but the nature of the contents of this is pretty untwistable, ie the quills. They are however formed into the characteristic point.

The area this was found in is one of the few areas of Ireland left where mink havent colonised yet, but I'm sure its only a matter of time. I know I havent got any scale in here but this is larger than a mink dropping. Its the same size as that of a dog. 2.5cms across or thereabouts.