Fouling....but what?

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swaine

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Fouling....but what?
« on: March 26, 2012, 20:48 »

I've a small allotment (about 40m2 of actual cultivated area).

Two years ago a small area was repeated fouled with faeces. It was exactly the same small area of the plot each time. I just assumed it was a dog. It stopped in the summer.

The same thing has happened again since Christmas. Its the same pattern. The size of faeces would seem to suggest a medium size dog. Its also in exactly the the same small area as last year.

I'm trying to decide what animal it is so I can try to stop it. Large cat, dog. fox??

So, theres no known dog problem in the area, its the same 2m2 area every time, bare ground, and in an area of the garden thats not easy to get to compared with other cultivated parts of the garden.

Any ideas or suggestions?






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swaine

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 20:51 »
I forgot to say we are also next to open countryside.

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 20:51 »
have you googled some images?  :mellow:

I get foxes on mine but also inconsiderate dog owners - it really does drive me mad that someone allows their dog to do its business on my plot where my veg is growing

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012, 21:55 »
Almost certainly a fox. I have never had a dog which, when off a lead will specifically foul in one area.

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 00:20 »
Badger...?

This quote from www.badgers.org.uk:

Badgers have special toilet areas called latrines or dung pits. Here, they dig small pits in the ground for their droppings. (Droppings are also called dung, or scats.) Unlike cats, they do not cover their droppings.

Badger droppings look rather like dog droppings in size and shape.

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 08:09 »
Badger...?

This quote from www.badgers.org.uk:

Badgers have special toilet areas called latrines or dung pits. Here, they dig small pits in the ground for their droppings. (Droppings are also called dung, or scats.) Unlike cats, they do not cover their droppings.

Badger droppings look rather like dog droppings in size and shape.


That's what I was thinking. If the droppings are in little hollows or scrapped out bits then you're definately looking at badgers. However if it's on slightly higher ground, such as lumps or ridges, then it's a fox - though this is unlikely as foxes tend to use their droppings as territorial markers and so you normally only find one lot of droppings at a time.

(I know far too much about animal poo, it can't be healthy!)

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Re: Fouling....but what?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 13:27 »
A photo of the scat will aid identification.

Can you see hair or bones in it at all?
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