Critters eating sempervivum?
About a month ago I planted a newly prepared sloping area with several varieties of sempervivum, and top-dressed with small gravel. In the early days I noticed some of the smaller ones being uprooted and assumed squirrels as they often dig in freshly dug garden areas around here. So following the suggestion of some wise person on this forum, I anchored each one using a U-shaped wire. That seemed to stop the problem until recently. Last night I went out to check on things (not having even looked at the garden for a few days as I've been down with a cold) and the area has been totally destroyed! All but two "hens" have been dug up and bits of them are all over the rock wall surrounding the bed. It really looks like they were dug up to be eaten.
Have any of you ever experienced such a thing? The other critters that I frequently deal with (besides squirrels) are cats, and raccoons sometimes get into the garbage. I would have thought all of them had better sources of food at this time of year and would not be digging up the plants.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.