That is the question that has been spinning around the local area for the last few weeks after a general inquiry was made on a local community Facebook page at the end of last month. The slightly accusatory post stated: “There is someone in the neighbourhood doing a poo at Loyola Reserve on a somewhat frequent occasion” before going on to explain that the poster was absolutely sure the regular deposits were not the work of a canine.

While the majority of the subsequent comments on the post proved to be unhelpful, at least one suggested that large dogs are capable to replicating the size, texture and scent of human waste, but that has done little to water down speculation that a rampant poo jogger is on the loose. Leaving regular visitors to the park, which sits just metres beyond the Watsonia border, to spend most of October speculating about the origin of the apparently frequent mysterious mounds being discovered at the reserve.

News of a potentially aggressive ablutioner operating in the area comes on the back of a highly publicised poo jogger being caught on camera in Sydney after allegedly making multiple donations to the pavement outside celebrity publicist Roxy Jacenko’s Sydney office over the last month or so. And, of course, the Brisbane suburb of Greenslopes dealt with a high-profile poo jogger last year, leading to the eventual capture of the culprit.

As any parent of nappy-wearing children will tell you, these kinds of things come in threes, leading many to believe that our local area is in the midst of its very own phantom bogger scandal. Enthusiastic dog walker, and regular visitor to Loyola Reserve, Brenton Owen told The Watsonia Bugle, “I’ve only spotted one or two of the deposits, and they’re bloody massive. There’s no way a dog’s dropping those logs, unless it’s one of them giant direwolves from Game of Thrones.”

However, another local remains sceptical that the offending piles are being left by a human. Karen Vincent said, “There’s no way that’s a human. For starters, big dogs do big poos. So, it’s probably just some massive St Bernard or something. I know jogging can bring these kinds of things on for humans, but surely it only ever catches you out once or twice in a lifetime, not the ‘frequent occasions’ that the Facebook post alluded to.”

What do you think? Have you seen any of these mythical mounds? Is it the work of a two-legged or a four-legged exercise enthusiast? Please let us know your thoughts.

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