Why are squirrels dropping branches?
lsentman at lsentman.seanet.com
Mon Jul 3 20:59:24 EST 1995
does it snow in Iowa? They are probably making caches of new shoots,
to store for the winter.mahaffy at dordt.edu (James Mahaffy) wrote:
> My neighbor, Marv W., over here in NW Iowa, wondered if
>anyone could tell him why the common red squirrel keeps chewing
>off little branches from his maple tree and dropping them to the
>ground. He thought they were after the plant juices. My
>biological guess was they do it more for wearing down their
>incisors, but that is just a guess. Does anyone really know?
>James F. Mahaffy e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
>Biology Department phone: 712 722-6279
>Dordt College FAX 712 722-1198
>Sioux Center, Iowa 51250
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