Why are squirrels dropping branches?

Lance Sentman 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:

>Folks,


>     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?  

>thanks 

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