On our property we just noticed that a tree has a significant bark area...

Asked March 26, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

On our property we just noticed that a tree has a significant bark area clawed away by an animal. The bark removal begins at 3 feet above the ground and continues upward to about 8 feet. The width of removal is about 18 inches wide. The shaving are at the base of the tree and looks like mulch. Can you explain what animal is causing this bark removal? If a photo is needed I can send one. submitted by Frank Cirincione, 505 Raven Rock Ct, Parkton, MD

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A photo would be help us be more specific. The damage you describe would most likely be bear, deer, or a few smaller animals, including porcupine though these are rare..

Here is a good source for wildlife damage: http://icwdm.org/Inspection/Trees.aspx
There is no photo of bear damage but just Google "bear tree damage" and look at the photos.

As mentioned, a photo would help us be more specific.

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