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Many animals will eat the bark from trees, porcupines do, but I would expect it to be higher they generally climb the tree.....deer will eat bark during harsh winters and food is scarce but the marks look like it may be a smaller animal. My guess by looking at the brush behind it is that the brush created an area under the winter snow where rabbits could take refuge and the tree provided a meal or two.
On another note the lines of holes are bird peck..... probably woodpeckers or sapsuckers
I took some photo's of a spider that had a web and while taking the pictures I scared it and it went into a folded leaf......the pictures are here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/722... last one in the series is the spider in the end of the folded leaf.