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Rabbit feeding may girdle and kill trees. Injury typically occurs while the trees are dormant and rabbit food sources are reduced.

Rabbit injury to tree base (Strang, UKY)
Rabbit injury to tree base.

(Photo: John Strang, University of Kentucky)

     

Management:

  • Destroy fallen fruit
  • Keep area beneath trees bare or relatively vegetation-free during winter
  • Maintain grassy areas and fence rows to eliminate over-winter cover and additional food sources
  • Protect young trees with hardware cloth

     

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