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Puzzling Qestion #46838 05/27/17 04:40 PM
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We found these scratch marks on a tree by our drive this morning.. too high up to have been made by our labs... What do you think did this... serous answers please cool

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Re: Puzzling Qestion [Re: Armadilla] #46839 05/27/17 08:52 PM
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Ok.....everybody can laugh at me now.
I used to hunt just south of Jasper and ran across similar markings on a tree. Never did see "for sure" what made those marks. My initial thought was bear, and I've actually seen one small bear while hunting in there. Early in the morning and thought it was a hog at first....but when it moved it obviously wasn't.
To confuse matters even more, there was a game ranch close to my lease that had some Elk escape with a downed fence and actually had pictures of the Elk on feeder cameras. I did have Elk tracks and a "trashed" feeder about 50 yards from those markings.
If it's bear they are protected, if it's Elk I can make some freezer space available.
Or, it could have been someone drunk in a U-haul truck that went bouncing off of trees.

Ps....I made the stuff up about the U-haul, the other stuff is true.
I believe I would have to put a game camera and some corn in the vicinity.

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This is just outside of Burleson, Texas, 30 miles south of Fort Worth... pretty populated area.

The markings are over 6 feet in the air... too high for a Texas deer, has to be a tree climber... I am thinking a Bobcat most likely suggestions have been bear, bobcat and panther. But not many, if any sightings of any of those things... have seen coon and possum here but don't have any knowledge of them marking a tree like that or wearing the bark.


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This is just outside of Burleson, Texas, 30 miles south of Fort Worth... pretty populated area.

The markings are over 6 feet high in the air... too high for a Texas deer, has to be a tree climber... I am thinking a Bobcat most likely suggestions have been bear, bobcat and panther. But not many, if any sightings of any of those things... have seen coon and possum here but don't have any knowledge of them marking a tree like that or wearing the bark. There are definite claw marks on the tree.

I have two labs who stay outside... now wondering about their safety.


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It was hit by something. Look at the top and you will see a straight cut in the bark.

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I would say those are claw marks but could be antler .
In your situation mostly the elk .

I'm in the woods every day and have never seen a cat do anything like that .
I have black panther and the brown ones here and tons of bobcat .
I would have to set several camera's around there .


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