What Animal Is It?

Do you think you might have an animal living in or around your home or yard, but you’re not sure quite what animal it is? You’ve come to the right place! Check out these common signs, as well as the drawings, tracks, scat, and descriptions in our Animal Finder to help determine the identity of your wild neighbors. If you don’t find your answer here, visit our Intruder Excluder.

Common Signs

Animal Finder

Bat

Possible Conflicts: Roots in trees and caves; enters buildings through narrow roofs, chimneys, or attic openings; active at twilight.

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Bat Tracks

Bat Scat

Bat Scat

Beaver

Possible Conflicts: Creates ponds by building dams; interrupts water-flow causing flooding and damage to trees.

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Beaver Tracks

Beaver Scat

Beaver Scat

Black Bear

Possible Conflicts: Frequents swampy forests; raids bird feeders, compost piles, grills, trash, and any type of food source.

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Bear Tracks and Scat

Bear Tracks and Scat

Canada Goose

Possible Conflicts: Requires large amounts of water and vegetation; flocks deposit abundant feces on lawns, walkways, open fields, and in ponds.

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Canadian Goose Tracks and Scat

Canadian Goose Tracks and Scat

Chipmunk

Possible Conflicts: Burrows around rocks and woodpiles; may damage plants and spring-flowering bulbs.

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Chipmunk Tracks and Scat

Chipmunk Tracks and Scat

Coyote

Possible Conflicts: Adapts to any area with food and water; may prey on pets, livestock, poultry, and crops.

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Coyote Tracks

Coyote Tracks

Coyote Scat

Coyote Scat

Crow

Possible Conflicts: Thrives in all habitats; feasts or grains, fruits and vegetables; communal roosts create accumulations of droppings.

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Crow Tracks

Crow Tracks

Crow Scat

Crow Scat

Deer

Possible Conflicts: Lives in wetlands and forests; may damage gardens, agriculture, and woodlands; travels onto and crosses roadways; deer ticks are the most common vectors of Lyme disease.

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Deer Tracks

Deer Tracks

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Deer Scat

Fisher

Possible Conflicts: Forest-dweller; preys on porcupines and squirrels, and occasionally small pets; rarely seen.

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Fisher Tracks and Scat

Fisher Tracks and Scat

Fox

Possible Conflicts: Sometimes den under decks, sheds, or buildings when bearing young; rarely seen otherwise; may prey on small pets and livestock.

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Fox Tracks and Scat

Fox Tracks and Scat

Mouse

Possible Conflicts: Often nests in insulation; may invade kitchen drawers and cabinets; can chew through paper, plastic bags, wood, and wiring.

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Mouse Tracks and Scat

Mouse Tracks and Scat

Moose

Possible Conflicts: Travels onto and crosses roadways.

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Moose Tracks and Scat

Moose Tracks and Scat

Muskrat

Possible Conflicts: Found in wetlands; tunnels and burrows in and around dikes, dams, and retaining walls.

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Muskrat Tracks and Scat

Muskrat Tracks and Scat

Opossum

Possible Conflicts: Lives in wooded areas near water; rarely have conflicts with humans, but will occasionally raid garbage.

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Opposum Tracks and Scat

Opposum Tracks and Scat

Pigeon

Possible Conflicts: Dependent upon humans for food and nesting sources; accumulation of feces can damage structures and cause diseases.

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Pigeon Tracks

Pigeon Tracks

Porcupine

Possible Conflicts: Causes damage to trees (they like to eat the inner bark) and yards; when provoked will release sharp quills that may get lodged into human or pet skin; may gnaw at tools and other items, particularly those that have salt residue.

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Porcupine Tracks and Scat

Porcupine Tracks and Scat

Rabbit

Possible Conflicts: Habitats in forests, wetlands, and urban areas; may chew and dig through flower or vegetable gardens.

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Rabbit Tracks and Scat

Rabbit Tracks and Scat

Raccoon

Possible Conflicts: Resides in forests, marshes, mountains, and urban areas; may den in attics, chimneys, or crawl spaces; may raid trash.

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Raccoon Tracks and Scat

Raccoon Tracks and Scat

Rat

Possible Conflicts: Adapts to any areas habituated by humans; eats human food; capable of spreading diseases; gnaws through many materials, including electrical wiring, pipes, baseboards, and door frames; can enter structures through holes the size of a quarter.

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Rat Tracks and Scat

Rat Tracks and Scat

Skunk

Possible Conflicts: Often dig holes in lawns looking for grubs; den under decks, porches, shed, and hollow trees (within two miles of a water source); very poor eyesight; can spray up to ten feet at a potential predator.

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Skunk Tracks and Scat

Skunk Tracks and Scat

Snake

Possible Conflicts: Found in water, forests, among rocks, tall grasses, and porch cracks; larger snakes may attack small pets and chickens.

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Snake Tracks

Snake Tracks

Snake Scat

Snake Scat