|Rib bones still attached to the steer carcass with their surface shredded|
|Day 20 - bones exposed on the steer carcass but limbs still attached|
The largest tooth is the canine tooth.
|Carnivore scat at Mallard Pond packed with hair|
|Coyote hunting at grassland/brushland edge near the Dipper gate|
|Snake scales in a scat.|
I used to think these were bits of plastic bags
until I spotted the tip of a snake's tail in a scat
(center of this photo; click photo to enlarge).
|On Day 8, I found this bright orange pellet near the steer carcass|
and didn't know what it was.
|Later, I pondered about orange berries and realized|
two types were currently ripe:
madrone (shown above) and toyon.
|When I smashed toyon berries (left),|
they had hard black seeds
but the mystery pellet did not.
Smashed madrone berries have white pits,
similar to those in the pellet.
Mystery solved - probably a scat from
an omnivorous coyote.
|"I am king of the carcass."|
|Vultures and ravens picking the carcass on Day 16.|
|Loose tufts of black hair scattered around the carcass on Day 12|
as if the coyotes were scratching at the leathery cow hide
to break into new sections of meat.
|Sneaking a persimmon out of the backyard.|
Mammals of the San Francisco Bay Region, William D. and Elizabeth Berry, University of California Press.
Ecology of the Coyote in the Yellowstone, Adolph Murie, Fauna of the National Parks of the United States, Fauna Series No.4, 1940.
*Note: Extinct means that all individuals of that species are gone forever. Extirpated means that no individuals of that species occur in the area under discussion, but individuals may survive at other locations.