Can you spot it? Look for the tree limb with its bark completely stripped
|Caught in the act|
|Oooooh, you varmint!|
Apparently, pregnant female squirrels have been known to strip the bark from several favoured tree species, especially basswood--well known as a source of cordage*--in the search for nesting material. So, we can look forward to a rapidly expanding population of squirrels who by genetics or observation will continue to strip the bark from our trees. Squirrel taxidermy?
*I didn't actually know about basswood's cordage potential until this year and neither apparently did the local the local squirrel population, because in twelve winters here this is the first time I've witnessed this specific form of destruction. My source was Google, but theirs?
|A dropped bundle of freshly stripped basswood cordage, now apparently sullied by snow and unsuitable for nesting|
|the damage done|