Just in, Some of Wabbit’s family members were recently apprehended in the neighborhood trying to confuse the crime scene in order to throw suspicion off of Mr. Wabbit and possibly cause a mistrial. All offending family members were rounded up and taken into custody for questioning. If determined to be involved, they will be booked for tampering with crime scene evidence.
Telephoto image of Wabbit’s family and friends hiding out from the police.
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Donna here… I never did see the rabbit, but finding out later how many of them lived in the neighborhood, a rabbit was very likely the culprit. I actually did have my friend look at the teeth marks for verification.
It started out as a small area, then literally overnight the whole tree was girdled. It happen in the summertime, when you would never expect this type of damage.
He chewed right into the cambium and sapwood layers so the tree had no ability to transfer nutrients to the leaves. Girdling the tree cut off the only means the tree had to bring nutrients up to the canopy. All the leaves died on one side first, then the other. Branches also died back and could easily be snapped.
Here is a diagram that shows the trees interior in case this ever happens to your trees. You can see from the diagram the tree anatomy and why these little critters, mice included, are so damaging to the tree’s health.