branches "cut" off apple tree

mom2d1sSeptember 3, 2013

We have a very old and overgrown apple tree that I love to watch the birds eat from, let the deer enjoy as well. Curious though as to what is "cutting" the upper branches right from the tree. We have noticed some dead pieces that at first we assumed had snapped due to the weight of the apples. But looking at the end, it is a clean, smooth "cut". Now I am noticing many fresh ones as well. The pieces are from main branches that are much to high for deer or rabbits - anywhere from 12' or higher. Strange also because it is only happening in one tree - we have 3 others nearby.

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Picture? How big are the branches? Do you have any nearby neighbors that have a reason for wanting those branches gone? It seems very curious indeed!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 5:04PM
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Likely a porcupine.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 7:51PM
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Raccoons are a possibility. They go on a feeding round as family. They climb fruit trees and break branches because they are heavy and sometime can go in two on a branch.
I just removed my sweet&Sour cherry because it was full of cherries and disfigured by raccoon because of broken branches, big and small, as they kept coming night after night. It ws the 2nd year of this problem so I removed the mishaped tree.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 8:01PM
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Squirrels do a lot of pruning.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 9:15PM
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Porcupine! I'll bet, as it wasn't broken but "cut". Porkies can do a lot of damage, and have no problem at all climbing. Good call, Bucky.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 9:50PM
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Awesome (note the sarcasm)! Now we need to be cautious since my older dog is determined to conquer the porcupine population.... marknmt- I would have preferred a neighbor! I had NO idea that porcupines climbed trees but thinking about it, the majority of the branches are thick. UGH!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 6:18AM
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Sure they can (pick & paste)

This post was edited by ottawan_z5a on Thu, Sep 5, 13 at 12:36

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 12:05PM
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