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What did this?

Unread postby Huntress13 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:28 am

Thin sapling all tore up from the ground, to over 6 feet up. Wasn't this way during regular rut season.

Deer or something else eating the bark?

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Re: What did this?

Unread postby Huntress13 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:30 am

Another pic

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Unread postby Dewey » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:40 am

Hard to tell for sure but looks small enough that a buck could have bent it down while thrashing his antlers across it. I have seen quite a few like that especially with the strips of bark hanging off. It’s not uncommon to see a buck rubbing after the rut. I find fresh rubs with bark shavings on top of the snow well into winter sometimes.
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Re: What did this?

Unread postby Huntress13 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:47 am

Yes it is small and the top of it was still bent, hung up in a thorn apple branch next to it.
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Unread postby Horizontal Hunter » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:18 am

When I see bark stripping like that I usually think porcupine.

It could also be bear, squirrel, or even a moose. The tooth marks tell the tail.

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Re: What did this?

Unread postby Huntress13 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:36 am

Horizontal Hunter wrote:When I see bark stripping like that I usually think porcupine.

It could also be bear, squirrel, or even a moose. The tooth marks tell the tail.

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Interesting. We don't have moose here and bears are rare. Raccoons, possum, squirrels, fisher. Haven't seen any porcupines on game cams. I will look more closely for tooth marks, there didn't seem to be any at first glance.
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Re: What did this?

Unread postby stash59 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:52 am

It's kinda hard to tell from your pics. But I'm leaning away from a buck rub. The bark appears to be coming off all on one side. Usually a tree torn up that far up it's height, has damage all the way around it at some point. And or has the top cracked or broken off. Seen similar looking trees that were from some type of animal, other than a bucks antlers, stripping the bark off. Also have seen some types of trees that that's what seemed to happen as they died.
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Unread postby Horizontal Hunter » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:48 pm

Huntress13 wrote:
Horizontal Hunter wrote:When I see bark stripping like that I usually think porcupine.

It could also be bear, squirrel, or even a moose. The tooth marks tell the tail.

Bob


Interesting. We don't have moose here and bears are rare. Raccoons, possum, squirrels, fisher. Haven't seen any porcupines on game cams. I will look more closely for tooth marks, there didn't seem to be any at first glance.


The way the bark is shredded in strips like that makes me lean towards a squirrel.

In the first picture it looks like there are some teeth marks on the trunk in the bottom right of the picture.

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Re: What did this?

Unread postby raisins » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:17 am

stash59 wrote:It's kinda hard to tell from your pics. But I'm leaning away from a buck rub. The bark appears to be coming off all on one side. Usually a tree torn up that far up it's height, has damage all the way around it at some point. And or has the top cracked or broken off. Seen similar looking trees that were from some type of animal, other than a bucks antlers, stripping the bark off. Also have seen some types of trees that that's what seemed to happen as they died.


Yeah, I see all sorts of things that look like rubs from a distance but upon closer inspection is a disease or just something that happened and maybe not due to an animal.
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Re: What did this?

Unread postby peteherbst » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:28 am

I’ve set up trail cams in tubs like this and they tend to be squirrels tearing up the bark. I’m in southern Wisconsin so it may be different by location.
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