I wonder what animal may have done this. Regard the photos at the top of the page at my Photobucket page. The guest password is " cecil "
The tree is 31 inches in diameter and the damage area is roughly 8 feet along the trunk. The shredded chips below speak of deep digs. We do have bear in the area. Two days ago a friend a mile away had a big and baby bear walk across her front yard and she is very much on a typical suburban street with houses on… what? 1/4 acre lots?
I can’t think of what else it could be. The shredded has grown in the last few weeks, as though it is a favorite place to come and sharpen one’s claws. I think of my indoor housecats, eagerly clawing at the runner of carpeting on the steps.
Big claws, we’re looking at here. Bear? Something else?