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Who has been hard at work on this young Sugar Maple tree?  If you think you might know, go to the Naturally Curious blog site, scroll down to “Comments” and enter your guess.  The answer will be revealed on Monday, February 24th.  (Photo by Margaret Barker Clark)

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50 responses

  1. Wanda Rice

    This vaguely looks like something red squirrels did to an elm in my yard.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:12 am

  2. Sue

    Moose!

    February 21, 2020 at 8:13 am

    • Donna Crabtree

      Porcupine

      February 21, 2020 at 8:37 am

  3. Susan

    porcupine

    February 21, 2020 at 8:14 am

  4. Elizabeth Hall

    Moose?

    February 21, 2020 at 8:16 am

  5. Nancy LeMay

    Porcupine

    February 21, 2020 at 8:17 am

  6. Corelyn Senn

    Moose

    February 21, 2020 at 8:17 am

  7. Alice

    I thought “Moose”, before I even read the comments.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:18 am

  8. Gail

    I am thinking red squirrel. Getting sweets and also nesting material

    February 21, 2020 at 8:20 am

  9. Clyde

    Moose stripping bark

    February 21, 2020 at 8:25 am

  10. st

    deer antlers scratching off velvet?

    February 21, 2020 at 8:27 am

  11. Looks like a woodpecker started the job and then someone else came along and made use of their work for their own project. Would it be a Red Squirrel for its nest lining?

    February 21, 2020 at 8:39 am

  12. Devra CMarcus

    An elephant-no? Haven’t a clue.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:40 am

  13. Michael Sebetich

    Looks like a buck rub.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:43 am

  14. Eliot Stanley

    Looks likely to be a moose, as they are known to strip down maples, etc.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:46 am

  15. carovt

    Deer, stripping bark to eat

    February 21, 2020 at 8:47 am

  16. Bill on the Hill

    This is the work of a porcupine, I’ve seen it before on my own property… :~)

    February 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

  17. Jacqueline Lily Doyle

    Woodpeckers when they go for a tree, pecerheads when they go for my cedar shingled cottage!

    February 21, 2020 at 8:50 am

  18. Bruce hartford

    Buck rub.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:52 am

  19. Susan Harvey

    I saw moose.

    Sent from my iPhone

    February 21, 2020 at 8:55 am

  20. Suzanne Whiting

    A very hungry newly awakened black bear.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:59 am

  21. Ed Stockman

    Moose rubbing to remove an antler. Young moose (usually) with one remaining antler can easily destroy saplings trying to remove that antler.

    February 21, 2020 at 8:59 am

  22. Don mccabe

    Could it be a buck rubbing velvet off his antlers?

    February 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

  23. kathiefive

    I think porcupine licking the sap.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:03 am

  24. Wendy Weiger

    I was thinking “moose” before I looked at the comments…it seems other folks have been thinking the same thing.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:03 am

    • Wendy Weiger

      I was thinking of feeding behavior (stripping bark with the front teeth on the lower jaw) but I’m intrigued by the comment above suggesting a moose was trying to shed his sole remaining antler.

      February 21, 2020 at 9:06 am

  25. Dudley Smith

    moose.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:07 am

  26. David Thomas-Train

    Depends on the height. Deer or moose….

    February 21, 2020 at 9:08 am

  27. Susan Carr

    Deer

    February 21, 2020 at 9:09 am

  28. Evergreen Erb

    My thoughts were either moose or porcupine. It will be fun to find out.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:09 am

  29. Nelson

    Deer tearing off bark for breakfast

    February 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

  30. Robyn Deveney

    Hungry moose, I presume.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:18 am

  31. Jon Bouton

    I first thought moose feeding or beating on the sapling with his antlers. Now I think the sapling is too shredded for moose damage and that a bear chewed and broke it, Communicating with other bears.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:21 am

  32. carol beyna

    porcupine at work!

    February 21, 2020 at 9:39 am

  33. Hugh Schultz

    From the snow I would assume late fall or winter . Unfortunately no perspective as to height of damage. Moose marking territory or very large deer doing the same.

    February 21, 2020 at 9:41 am

  34. Rick Schnure

    Bear

    February 21, 2020 at 9:44 am

  35. Julie Hand

    moose

    February 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

  36. Teo

    A moose or a deer shedding their antlers.

    February 21, 2020 at 10:07 am

  37. Midge Eliassen

    deer

    February 21, 2020 at 10:11 am

  38. Adam Parke

    This must be next to a town highway or railroad track. It was their “brontosaurus” mobile tree chipper that did this damage. They are pruning back the roadside trees and brush

    February 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

  39. Stewart Clark

    moose knaw

    February 21, 2020 at 12:47 pm

  40. Lisa H

    A buck?

    February 21, 2020 at 1:50 pm

  41. bear?
    Maybe we could have one more clue? 😉

    February 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm

  42. Lisa H.

    A buck?

    February 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

  43. Rachel

    Perhaps a moose suffering from winter ticks

    February 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

  44. Deb

    Could that possibly be a porcupine?

    February 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

  45. marc connelly

    Im going with Sasquatch’s pet moose

    February 21, 2020 at 8:48 pm

  46. Linda Christianson

    Buck rub!

    February 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm

  47. Dennis Ross

    Moose!

    February 22, 2020 at 12:53 pm

  48. david ascher

    bear hunting for insects under the bark

    February 23, 2020 at 5:35 pm

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