What hunters need to know about reading tracks and scat


Grizzly scat (left) and black bear scat


With both ungulates and predators, anything dropped within a half-hour or less will likely be damp, glossy and greenish in colour; the longer it sits exposed to the elements, the drier it will become. Grizzly scat is usually mostly brown, while black bear droppings can have a greenish tinge before darkening considerably to either black or dark grey. Both canine and feline droppings are generally more green or very light brown when fresh, but they also darken as they get older. Note that the colour really depends on the animal’s diet.