Between several young Asian pear trees I probably lost one or two hundred pears in the last week or so, mostly from trees that are far enough away from the house that I haven’t been able to keep a close eye on them, but also from one tree 50’ from the house. I’d say it looks more like pecking damage than chewing/gnawing damage. Do squirrels ever scrape fruit out with their claws? Is that another option? Some pears are almost hollowed out with quite a bit of the skin still intact. A lot of pears seem to have been carried off and gone. I’ve found some partially eaten pears much further away from the tree than they could have fallen and rolled, so some animal is carrying them off but not necessarily the same animal that’s eating them in the tree. I see damage like in this photo to some pears still hanging in the tree, but I think all of these were on the ground. They’re not yet ripe. Damage has started appearing on my late maturing, unripe European pears now. Some of these pear trees are 300’ or more from the nearest woods, far enough away that I wouldn’t expect squirrel damage so much, but the amount of damage is more than I would expect from birds, unless maybe it’s a flock of crows. Do crows (or any other birds big enough to carry off a decent size pear) eat fruit/pears? But one tree quite close to the house had a lot of damage, too, and I haven’t ever seen crows that close to the house, which at first had me suspecting something like a mockingbird, but the amount of damage just seems to great for smaller birds working on their own (not in a flock.) A fair number of pears seem to be getting knocked off the tree and lost in the tall grass beneath the tree, which also makes me suspect a larger animal, besides the likelihood that the animal carrying some of the pears off is also the main culprit. Whatever this problem is, it’s new this year. Given that it hasn’t been a problem before, I’m hoping I can trap or shoot whatever is causing this damage and eliminate the problem that way, at least for another few years.