Observed on the “street” (trail): Tree bears

Observed on the trail during a hike I did today: two trees, each “marked by a bear” in different ways.

  1. This beech tree had the honour of being scaled by a bear.  The claw marks, which ran all the way up the trunk, are easy to spot on trees with smooth, clean bark like this one.

Beech tree sporting claw marks from a bear up its trunk.

 

2.  This tree (also a beech) sported a marking that looked like the head of a bear.  Natural or human-carved, I couldn’t quite tell.

Beech tree with a marking like the head of a bear on its trunk.

 

Granted, it looks more like the head of a polar bear than of a black bear that you would find in my neck of the woods.  It also looks like the head of a beaver, but, hey, beggars can’t be choosers!  I do think that what appears to be a giant claw mark below the head helps lend credence to the bear idea, no?  😉

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