littlek
 
Reply Mon 11 Oct, 2010 05:31 pm
I have a book called What Shat That? It's an identification tool for scat. I actually use it some times........ <heh>.

Anyway, I came across a little midden pile today. I was walking around Great Meadow National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, MA. This is a series of large pieces of land along the Sudbury River watershed. Here there was a fresh water marsh and several small pools. Humans have erected dikes, docks and watch towers. Trails run through and around the marshes (on the dikes) and around the pools. Between two of these pools where water shrubs criss-crossed the bank and a culvert ran under the dike, I came across several fish skeletons and empty snail shells. There were layers of the stuff.

Beavers and muskrats are rodents and eat vegetable mater. So, this must have been some animal in the mustid family (weasel, fisher, etc). Does anyone have any better idea than I what ate the following? Or for that matter, what type of fish this was?

Backbones were between 12 and 16 inches long and I found around 8 of them here
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs831.snc4/69171_10150098508944972_743754971_7488918_2583300_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs769.snc4/66946_10150098509409972_743754971_7488924_6091482_n.jpg

The heads were about as big as my fist
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs793.snc4/67341_10150098510369972_743754971_7488949_4040637_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs762.snc4/66241_10150098509919972_743754971_7488935_7169491_n.jpg
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:13 am
Trout, maybe.
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:15 am
@littlek,
Many types of weasels eat fish, and some are aquatic. Minks, for example, are aquatic, and very aggressive. They do still occur in the wild, too.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:43 am
@jespah,
Trouts have no such large scales, Jes.

It has all the characteristics of being a Largemouth Bass...
jespah
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:54 am
@Francis,
I bet you're right.
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 04:32 pm
I thought of bass. Seems to be the standard stock-fish around here.

What animal in the weasel family eats all in one place making a midden pile?
Swimpy
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 06:56 pm
@littlek,
Looks like a carp of some sort. It could be the left overs from a fisherman after he/she filleted the rascals.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 08:04 pm
@Swimpy,
reading along (dumb on all this)
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 12 Oct, 2010 08:05 pm
@Swimpy,
Not a fisherman, I don't think. The location is all wrong.
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