Concern about Squirrel in Oak
Q: I have some old oak trees in my yard. I noticed in one of
the knots in the tree a squirrel. It appears he has taken up home within
This is a very large tree that I want to keep for a long
time. Should I be concerned?
A: I recommend that at least the area the squirrel has set up shop in be
There is obviously a cavity there, and the cavity may be
large enough to reduce the strength of the tree at that point, which can
increase its potential to break.
Much depends on what "targets" there are in the area. A target is defined
as anything of value, such as a house, garage, passers-by, users of the area
(i.e., children playing), etc.
The question to ask is, "If the tree were to
fail in part or whole, what would/could it hit?"
You should contact a Certified or Registered Consulting Arborist in your
area to investigate. If the cavity is in a limb, maybe just that limb needs
to be removed.
If the cavity is in the trunk, the tree may need to be
removed for the safety of the surrounding area. Hopefully it's a minor
thing, and you will be able to keep your tree.
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