Why are squirrels dropping branches?

MiKe Griggs mhg3 at cornell.edu
Fri Jul 7 09:17:44 EST 1995


Squirrels often snip terminal branch tips which fall to the ground then
they go to the ground and feed on the seed clusters.    They commonly do
this in oak, elm, and maple.  I have watched this both from on the ground
and while in the tree.   
> I would love to know the answer.
> 
> Frankly, this has been the most interesting question posted to this group
> in some time.
> 
> I note that the tree is a maple.  The sap has a high sugar content
> (although especially in the early spring, of course).   I vote for the
> hypothesis relating to licking plant juice.
> 
> I bet the navy would fund this study/.



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