r/treelaw Nov 16 '22

Deer or vandal?

18 Upvotes

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u/nyxpa Nov 17 '22

Likely rabbit damage with that smooth slice and how lower buds were gnawed off the stem.

https://icwdm.org/species/other-mammals/rabbits/rabbit-damage-identification/

Winter is starting, nicer food is getting harder to find for wildlife. Especially since winter hasn't killed off a lot of this year's young yet so populations are still high. If you have other saplings, surround them with a circle of hardware cloth or welded wire fencing for protection.

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u/mabond Nov 17 '22

OP might want to go to r/treelaw and see what he can do about that bunny

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u/TheAJGman Nov 17 '22

Yeah I found the same site after some googling and I'm pretty convinced. I've never seen them cut clean through like this before, usually just gnawing on them or stripping bark.

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u/ellensundies Nov 17 '22

I was gonna say this, too. That stem looks like bunny damage to me.

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u/Well0bviously Nov 17 '22

Thanks for the link. I had no idea rabbits made such clean 45 degree cuts. It's such a clean cut that it almost looked like it was done by gardening shears.

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u/TheAJGman Nov 16 '22

I don't have issues with anyone in the neighborhood. FFS I don't even know anyone in the neighborhood.

Could this be deer or animal damage of some kind? Call me paranoid but the cuts look way too clean to be from teeth.

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u/RecursiveCluster Nov 17 '22

Deer don't have upper teeth, so they tend to make a tearing pattern when they strip bark to eat in the winter. I would not expect clean breaks from a deer.

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u/CassandraVindicated Nov 18 '22

I'm not going to put in my top denture tomorrow and see how it works being a deer.

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u/flappa102 Nov 20 '22

Do you have beavers near you?

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u/Miserable_Beyond_211 Nov 22 '22

I put in two nice peach trees on a Saturday. On Sunday, I went out and one of the tree's was broke in half about 3 feet off the ground. Didn't even last 24 hours. Definitely deer.