For the last two months we have been noticing fresh scat on the trails of Buckskin. This has led to lots of speculation as to what animal it might be. After lots of discussion and reading my best guess is that they are from the Ringtail or also commonly called the Ringtail Cat. They are not technically cats, but members of the raccoon family. Because they sleep during the day and hunt at night it is not easy to get a chance to see them. Our trail area is great habitat for them because the rocky canyon walls are littered with small caves which make perfect dens for them for their day time occupation. The brown seeds in the middle of the photo are the beans from the Paloverde tree. They evidently eat pods and all, but the hard beans do not break down and are passed out. Paloverde trees, which are scrub sized for the most part, are very numerous in the canyons also, so this all makes sense. Black in the stool is usually caused by blood, which left me puzzled, what else they are feeding on until one day I noticed a partially digested lizard in a scat sample. Side-blotched Lizards are probably the most numerous life form out on the trails. Maybe TMI, but it’s the kind of thing that occupies my mind while out on the trail.