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Basswood/Linden > Trunk/Branches > Bark chewed or removed

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Deer rubbing on young trees

  • Long lines of shredded or peeled off bark along main trunk up to 3 feet off the ground from antler rubbing. Wood may appear shiny or "polished"
  • Leaves and small branches (>1 inch in diameter) cut off with a rough or ragged edge (Not a clean cut!)
  • Feeding occurs from the ground up to 6 feet or slightly higher. Ragged edges, same as above, also if the bark is removed by a deer there will be no sign of teeth marks
  • More information on Deer feeding/antler rubbing...
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Rabbit feeding

  • Bark is completely removed from the main trunk
  • Regular scraping the size of a spoon tip can be seen in the wood
  • Small twigs (of suckers) are cleanly cut off with a sharp edge, at a 45 degree angle
  • Damage can occur from ground level to several feet up the trunk depending on the depth of winter snow
  • Majority of damage occurs in winter and early spring
  • More information on Rabbit feeding...
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Vole feeding

  • Bark is completely removed from the main trunk in irregular patches
  • Scraping the size of a fork tine can be seen in exposed wood
  • Damage occurs during winter from the ground level up to winter snow depth
  • More information on Vole feeding...
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Gray squirrels

  • Whole leaf sections are removed from branches and dropped to ground
  • Unusual numbers of complete, green leaves laying beneath the tree
  • Damage usually occurs in late spring, early summer
  • In late winter, early spring bark of smaller branches is stripped and left hanging on branch, similar to confetti

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