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Are these Elk rubs on tree ?

Elk and moose use their lower incisors (don't have uppers) to gnaw off the bark and eat the cambium of aspens. Porcupines eat cambium as well. From the pics I can't tell with complete certainty if it's moose or porcupine but it is definitly too high for elk.

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Are these Elk rubs on tree ?

and definitly not a rub. Rubs are drastically more common on conifer saplings and young trees with small DBH's.

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Are these Elk rubs on tree ?

Definitely not a rub depending on the area you were in it was either an elk or a moose eating the bark there was probably a decent amount of aspens like this in the area?

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Are these Elk rubs on tree ?

As others have said that looks more like something was eating the bark. Rubs have much longer strokes to the gashes in the trees and all typically follow the same direction rather than several smaller storkes in several different directions. The edges are too clean as well, a rub would have a more inconsistent edge to it along with some bark peeled off partially but still attached to the tree.

Elk rubs are typically about waist to head high with a few really large bulls going a little higher but that's pretty rare.

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