Scat Tracking & Sh1t Talking – Identifying animal faeces

Tracking animals can be difficult on many types of terrain. It’s not always like in the guidebooks. But tracking doesn’t just involve knowing the patterns left by hoof and paw – sometimes knowing the scat and dung left behind by an animal can be even more important.
In this video I take you tracking red deer, roe deer and wild boar, showing what to look out for in terms of their faecal matter. We also look at wolf scat and marten scat, and why they have become a flourishing business.
In films, the hunter or outdoorsman can look at some bent blades of grass and say not only what animal passed that way, but also give its weight, mood and general purpose. In reality, unless you’re a Kalahari Bushman, it can be extremely difficult to follow an individual track, or even state with certainty just what animal made it. And that’s where knowing each species’ scat and dung type comes in handy.

Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens.
On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit http://www.edwardotoole.com

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