What did this to these trees?

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I found these trees deep in the woods today. Huge patches of bark missing, about 10-15 feet up, and lying on the ground in pretty big pieces in about a 10-12 ft radius of the trunk. I found two within sight of each other, but not right beside each other.
 
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Do they rip the bark off to eat the pith or to get at bugs or what? And do they rip it off in big strips like are on the ground? I grew up back (south) east and we didn't have them there, so I never even thought of them.

Are they common in the Cascades? I know they're thick in the Spokane area, but haven't seen any over here.

Thanks for the education. Never in a million years would have thought of them.

Is that why they're called porcuPINES?
 

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We had a pet possum when I was kid...
She was house broke , would go on walks with the dog....even played fetch.
But...
She was dumb....
She was so dumb , that when we left the house , we had to put her in her cage....
'Cause if left alone in the house...she would walk into the corner and then get "stuck"...She "forget" or just would not go backwards , turn around etc.....
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