Rubs or claws?

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Were there any farther up the tree? Elk usually rub like this , but also usually go up higher and they are very aggressive when doing so.
No further up the tree, the lever gun for scale... these marks were low to the ground. I'd consider deer at best but this is way too low for an elk.

I think these are bear claws... I thought they scratched trees for a reason I cant recall, though I just dont have any knowledge of their habits truly know.
 
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I’ve heard bear exist in Tillamook forest, never scene anything like this or any bears. I’ve been around that forest some...
Lots of bears in the coast range, its a weird phenomenon to me though... Ive never physically seen one n the coast range, yet Ive seen several in Eastern Oregon. I find their scat all the time though, and I finally caught one on my game cam. Photo sequence showed him walking up to the cam sniffing it and tried to tear it off. Broke one of the mounts I found the cam half cockeyed on the tree. JB weld fixed it up. Rascally bear.


If anyone has any tips for an ameture to hunt coastal bears Im all ears. I dont tecnically hunt them but do have a tag in case I see one thru the deer season.


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