This is what happened to our bird feeder pole on one recent night. YIKES!!!! Whatever the animal was, it bent a sturdy metal pole in a very unequivocal way. Could it have been a black bear? We may never know.
Whatever it was, it also destroyed my expensive, metal “squirrel-proof” feeder, which I found in pieces on the ground.
So now, I have to take all the feeders in at night – the ones that are still usable. We may spring for a wildlife camera just to see what the heck is so strong that it can do that to a feeder pole. If we do, I’ll be sure to post photos.