We have recently experienced bark damage at about 5 ft. above the ground in our young dogwoods (5 years old). It looks like scratches horizontally around the trunk in numerous locations and on multiple branches. I have a photo in jpg format which I am unable to upload to this site.
1)The dogwood trunks are currently wrapped in bubble wrap to about 4 ft. above the ground to keep the deer from rubbing their antlers. This has worked well in past years. 2) The bubble wrap starts about 6" above the ground; there is no bark damage on the trunk below the bubble wrap. 3) I have never had mouse or rabbit-related bark damage on any of my young trees in the past.
Please let me know what insect or mammal may have caused this damage (there are no bird beak holes evident),what I can do to prevent more damage, and whether the tree is likely to survive if no further damage occurs.