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What Would Do This

Hey I am new to this forum and in search for some info if you could help.

 I was out hunting the other day behind my house ( in Maine ) and came across this tree that was ripped up pretty good. I was wondering what king of animal would do this. any info would be great thanks.

 

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Bear, bear, and more bear. 

Bear, bear, and more bear.  Probably a bear tearing up that rotten tree post looking for grubs or other little critters.  That's what I would think. 

What part of Maine?

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I dont know man.  That tree

I dont know man.  That tree doesnt even look rotted.  I am not really familiar with maine, maybe its a Moose rub, a BIG moose rub?  To be honest that looks man made.  It looks like someone either used the tree to wench out a 4x4 or even tried to pull the tree out with a cable?????  All I know is i am not sure i would be walking around the backyard without some serious firepower LOL.  Put a trail cam back there and let us see. 

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Bear

I've seen this before, bears do this pretty regularly, even if the tree is live they still do it sometimes.

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Thanks for the info guys.

Thanks for the info guys. Bear is what I was thinking but have never seen sign of bear in this area, mostly deer and coyote. I'm in midcoast maine. The cam is a great idea I will have to get one.

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gonna have to look around, I

gonna have to look around, I can see one small hemlock rubbed to the ground and either busted off or bitten off,

everything leaves pretty obvious signs if you are there in person, are you on a whole line of moose rubs?

find any bear wallows and bear paths, they're not confused for anything else, they make a mini two track for a path.

moose tracks would be very plain to see, as would bite marks from bears, often you'll find a tree they rub their back on like that and bite and scratch it over their shoulders.

could be either, I wouldn't guess from these photos

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SimonG wrote:

gonna have to look around, I can see one small hemlock rubbed to the ground and either busted off or bitten off,

everything leaves pretty obvious signs if you are there in person, are you on a whole line of moose rubs?

find any bear wallows and bear paths, they're not confused for anything else, they make a mini two track for a path.

moose tracks would be very plain to see, as would bite marks from bears, often you'll find a tree they rub their back on like that and bite and scratch it over their shoulders.

could be either, I wouldn't guess from these photos

 

Good point, could be a moose too....I didn't even think of that...we don't have them here in PA, lol.  I like the cam idea too, let us know what you find!

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It could be a nice buck that

It could be a nice buck that did this.  I wish I took the picture of the rub I found the other day.  I almost did because it was so big....looked much like yours so it very well could be a deer and not a bear.

I know mine is from a deer cause we've got no bear.

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I am gonna say bear.  A moose

I am gonna say bear.  A moose would have really tore things up around the base on the ground after that much work.  If you go back, look at the tree (what is left) close and see if there are any black hairs stuck in the splinters.  Bears do this as teritory markers I see them quite often