Squirrels don't give me any trouble. I don't keep bird feeders. But I've got bigger backyard rodents to deal with: beavers.
Yep. Apparently the beavers have decided my deciduous trees are delicious. They appear to be helping themselves. Check this out! Here's the chewed tree we discovered this past weekend.
This is a large tree, but it's going to be a stump impersonating a pencil point any day now.
Two more gnawed trees! (The one in the foreground is a double trunk.) And then walking up from the smaller tree in the photo, MORE damage!
But look, there's another tree that's been nibbled and yet another further back that's been chewed to nearly a stump.
Walking up from that small tree in the background we found this big bitten patch below.
Hopefully we can save it. It's just the bark that's been bitten. We've wrapped it with chicken wire along with a couple other trees that were only bark bitten. Which brings me to this discovery below a day or so later:
I know they have to eat too. But yeah, it bites. Better make plans for planting this spring.