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Why are squirrels chewing up my cedar tree?

Pieces of my cedar tree.
Pieces of my cedar tree.

QUESTION:

Are you able to explain why the squirrels are chewing off chunks of branches from my cedar tree? This has been going on for about 3 wks. I am afraid that my tree will be damaged. I am including some pictures. Thank you. Shawn

ANSWER:

Good news. My guess is that they are eating the juniper berries. Squirrels are now busy feasting on all nature's bounty. The tree should survive. Carole - Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

ANOTHER ANSWER:

We have been receiving this question on and off for the entire season. There are many reasons why squirrels do this. Here are a few: bored and at play, seeking moisture or enjoy the sugary sap, or sharpening their teeth. Even though it appears like a lot of damage it is not that great considering the entire tree. The question is how do you get it to stop. Try putting out a pan of water or I guess yell “scat, get.” Best recommendation just tolerate as it will pass. -- Dennis

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