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Old 05-16-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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I have a large maple tree by my deck and pool. Yesterday I went out to do some yard work and the deck was covered with strips of bark from the maple tree about 6 or 8 inches long and about 3/4 of an inch wide. I looked up and could see several limbs that had been stripped of their bark. It looked as though someone had done with a knife but it's too high up for someone to have been able to do it. The really wierd thing is the pieces of bark were almost all the same size. Has to be some kind of animal. Anyone want to guess? I don't have a clue
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Call Floral Tree Gardens they may know exactly what is stripping your tree. I am sure they have seen or heard of this problem before and can offer a solution.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #3
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I'v seen lightning take long slender strips of bark off hardwoods.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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squirrels playing grab ass will do that in my pine tree form time to time and make a big ol mess.....Not sure they could do that with a hard wood.
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Bigfoot.





Or maybe the lightning.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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Ditto on the likelihood it is a squirrel. They use the strips for nesting material. Although with a maple something could be eating it...

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Squirrels do that alot. They really like doing that to cypress trees.
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We have racoons that do that to all types of trees here in Niceville (pine, Oak, popcorn trees, cypress, etc...). they even tear into magnolias although theres not much bark there, just big gouges.
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My cats do that to oaks in my yard
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