Why put soap on trees?

Mark E. Hill mhill at lexis.pop.upenn.edu
Wed Jan 4 12:10:32 EST 1995


On Wed, 4 Jan 1995, Joel B Gruver wrote:

> Mark, the answer to your question is probably very simple.
> Most bar soaps are perfumed. Deer and other animals that damage young 
> trees tend to find these perfumes offensive. Hanging bars of soap is a 
> cheap fairly long term animal damage deterent. If there are other reasons 
> to hang soap I am not aware of them.
> 
Joel:
Thanks for your reply!
It makes sense: the deer population in the area is very large.

Mark Hill



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