Nature can create some with rot and disease or even lightning strikes.
Bears can do some as acts of aggression.
Sasquatch can do some for markers.
There might also be another reason -
We all accept them as common signs of Sasquatch habitation, assume they are markers of territory or acts of aggression, but I think we've been looking at them the wrong way entirely, at least SOME of the tree breaks.
It came to my attention when sorting through lots of tree break pics and one in particular from the urban Sasquatch researcher (upcoming series here on GHT). This cedar break (below) was done between one visit to the location to the next and perhaps just a foot and a half off the ground, yet we find lots of breaks as high as 8 feet and more off the ground.
(note: smaller tree, lower break)
Here's what I see - the skinnier the tree, the lower it snaps, the sturdier the tree, the higher it snaps, but if you are 8-feet tall and snapping a smaller tree, it should snap higher up than a foot and a half off the ground. There should be marks at the base of the tree where your feet dig in for leverage as you push. But why would an 8-foot tall person break a sturdy tree off at the 8-foot mark? Makes no sense logistically and a huge expenditure of muscle to make that tree give at that width that high off the ground, no matter how tall you are.
Have a look at this video -
Yes, this gorilla is quite strong, but you can see that he grabs the tree and uses his body weight to help snap it off and why not? His weight is great leverage to bring it to earth.
(At the 9:27 mark - check out that snap)
These snaps, however, do make sense if you climb the tree. If you climb a tree that is a target for its contents, you use your weight to snap it off and you hang on, landing your feet happily on the ground when it gives.
So, your footfalls should be along the trunk of the tree further away from the break where you landed. Now, you have the contents of this tree where you can get to them. You're too heavy to climb the branches to get this stuff in the periphery up high, but on a vulnerable tree, you can get it on the ground. Use your weight as leverage to break it instead of your muscles.
And its not always a marker, but sometimes a food source.
(large tree, higher break, snapping the bark off with it)
So, the smaller the tree, the lower you have to climb, the lower it snaps, the bigger the tree, the higher you must climb and shake and break.
You could easily strip a tree on the ground fast and if you tried to climb it and shuffle out on limbs, they would break under your weight, so you bring the tree down to you on the forest floor where you and your clan can pick them clean. Imagine all the substance on all those limbs overhead that is edible. Every day, they stare up at that grocery aisle overhead pondering how to get the "good stuff."
As well, you sometimes note a twist of the trunk, which is the crunch and twist it would do if a weight up high was breaking it off. A green tree would snap, and the weight would twist the sinew as it's pulled the earth.
I will be asking some researchers in the field to test some of these things, looking for the clues. Expect me to share a video very soon.
We may have to rethink some of the tree breaks and what they truly mean. It may not be at all a territorial marker, but a sign of foraging.
My suggestions to researchers - keep notes -
Begin to look for kinds of trees being snapped
Measure where the break is
Look for foot falls along the trunk of the tree and limbs area where they might have landed and started foraging
See if the tree has been stripped of its goods
I'd appreciate if anyone wants to share their findings here on the blog. Do expect some further research into this concept.
UPDATE - Sassafras trees -
This might be interesting ---