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    Default Tree scrapes?

    I have only been in Alaska for the past year and have seen these scrapes multiple times; they always appear low enough for a bear to make. Is it a bear marking its territory or is it an insect or something. Thanks
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    Default Moose eating bark

    Those look like moose eating the bark in winter

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    They are from a moose you will see them high when the snow is high also. Chef

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    Default Moose eating bark

    Those look like moose eating the bark in winter, or antler rubs from last fall/winter

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    Default Bark

    Could be a porcupine? They do the samething..Reilly

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    C'mon over to our property ...you can watch the moose scrape (eat) the bark of both the willows like the one in your picture and the aspen. At least on our land, they seem to do it most in late winter/early spring (Feb-Mar). Right now the moose are tearing through the willow sprouts and wild roses... been a TON of them passing through lately, including a young bull that took a leak about 5' from our back door this morning. I told the kids that eating cereal in front of a moose scares the pee out of them...

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    Thanks guys, having grown up on a fruit farm and observed what the deer do to the trees it's no surprise its a moose doing the damage here.

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    Most bear markings I have seen are near trails and have hair in them like this.

    Steve

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