We have a house on a small lake in Washington State. This spring we noticed our apple tree was not leafing out.
On closer inspection… hmmm.. could be a beaver…. YES YES, a Beaver
Seems he had good access from the lake and the small branches of the apple tree are a BEAVER DELICACY.
Sorry , this tree is not going to be a survivor and the beaver never came back to finish it off.
I don’t think there were any winners this time around. Except maybe the gardening store when we buy something to replace it.