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January 23rd, 2009 06:52 PM
cobby hi all,this is a good read.Report # 2954
But my big question is why was the scat not tested?
The hair is tested and comes back with a not known aninimal result!
Was there a reason that the scat was not tested?
January 23rd, 2009 08:34 PM
Kathlyn47 Cobby: You omitted one digit of the report. Please edit.
January 23rd, 2009 09:43 PM
PBYodeler It's easier if you post a link directly to the report. There is no way for anyone to search the BFRO data base to find a specific report by it's number.
January 24th, 2009 08:25 PM
ravellette I think it cost lot's of money to have the scat tested.

If I'm wrong someone please clarify?
January 24th, 2009 08:30 PM
PBYodeler I believe it costs a lot to have any DNA tested but from what I've been told scat has to be tested right away as the DNA degrades very quickly in it. If it was collected a day's hike or more from any roads or any way to get it to a lab it would probably be useless.
January 24th, 2009 08:45 PM
ravellette Thank you for clarifing PB
January 24th, 2009 09:03 PM
rbirch Yeah, I've recently read The Locals and North America's Great Ape.. one of them mentioned that the scat pretty much has to be "still steaming fresh" in order to have a chance of getting any decent DNA results.
January 24th, 2009 10:17 PM
PBYodeler wrote: would probably be useless.

Say WHAT???
You shallac that SOB and display it proudly on the coffee table!
The wife will love it, trust me... :D
January 26th, 2009 12:26 PM
Andy Ew. Gross, robday.

Maybe there'd be no DNA in the scat, but you could see what it had eaten, whether it might have had a worm burden. Not that I'd want to drag around a scat sample for days, either. Maybe that's an argument for carrying around an impermeable screw-top medical specimen bottle?

[I get some of my field collection stuff from the BioQuip company online--it's for bug collection; for 100% sterile jars so as not to contaminate samples of hair/scat/othergoo, go to a med supply site & get the urine collection jars. Beware, though sterile = more expensive. But sterile might also = more valuable data.]
January 29th, 2009 03:40 PM
1Sunseeker FYI your local vet will do a fecal test on dog or other animal scat for 15-20 bucks. This is for internal parasites. I would believe Sasquatch like any other animal would have internal parasites. Question, if you took an unknown scat sample to a vet could they indentify its maker by its parasites?