Week of April 28, 2019

In checking out some trees a few weeks ago, I saw this sugar maple tree with its bark stripped off from about 10 feet off the ground nearly to its top. There is only one creature I know that does this, but I had no idea that we had one in the neighborhood...a porcupine.  It had one big happy meal eating the tree and in the process killing it. Yet it did not eat much of anything else nearby except a few linden branches (apparently not nearly as tasty). 
Just a word to the wise, don't let your dog out off leash. It is a big vet bill to have the quills extricated...as I learned with my last dog who found a porcupine in the north woods a few years back.