It did. There were pieces of splintered wood everywhere.
My explanation was an old fallen tree got stepped on by a deer who crushed the log into a bunch of pieces.
Of course, I was wrong.
I was also wrong about seeing a bear trying to climb into the knot of a tree. Jeff assured me that a bear couldn't fit in that hole, even if it was a BABY bear.
I wasn't convinced. I saw 2 little black legs flailing out of that knot - no visible tail. What else could it be? I've read Winnie the Pooh, and he got stuck in tree knots (and many other places) trying to get honey.
Jeff said, "Well, then, where is its mamma?"
I said, "I don't know. I ran in the house as soon as I saw it was a bear!" Duh.
Alas, I was wrong.
Found out the truth a few days later when I looked up and saw raccoon eyes peeking at me from inside the knot.
Obviously, it is some sort of freakish TAILLESS raccoon. Right?
Then, I remembered that one of Oreo & Chewy's favorite toys is this!
We've been playing with his tail for YEARS! I better watch my back.
Oh well, the little critter has made quite the storybook home for itself. Hopefully he forgives me.
Anyhoo, back to the exploded tree.
Last night, right before snack time, Jeff saw a big bird in our side yard. He thought it was a turkey.
This time, I knew what it was! A pileated woodpecker. Pecking away at that shattered log. We had found our culprit.
He/she is pretty darn cool, but boy he can sure make a mess.