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Old 07-28-2018, 08:16 AM   #1
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What happened to the apples?


For the second year all the apples on a gala apple tree have disappeared practically in one day. Last year there was lots of fruit when I left at noon and was bare when I returned at 3pm. Nothing on the ground. Thought that was odd.
This year was shaping up to be a banner year and literally overnight tree had only one apple remaining.


Is this some kind of critter?


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Where the Deer and Antelope play, they eat too.



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Old 07-28-2018, 08:23 AM   #3
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It might be a critter with 2 legs. Do you or your neighbors have cameras?
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My guess is squirrels...they have always stollen all our apples.
They steal our figs too.
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Isn't it strange that squirrels would steal all the apples at the same time?
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How big is this tree?
Can a human reach them all?
Were the apples ready to be picked?

I'd guess people as animals, even squirrels aren't that detailed to get them all.
Look for people tracks, car tracks, any signs they might have left behind. As suggested check up and down the street for cameras that might have seen something and get your own camera/s.

Do file a police report even if it turns out to be Rocky the squirrel. Police like to accumulate small reports to see if there is a pattern, such as several other home suddenly have empty trees.

Do you have farmers markets around you. People would need to get rid of a lot of apples so check to see who may be selling them.

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I was thinking of the farmer's market too.
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Ours is a little larger and she lets her cubs climb our trees and break them down.
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I don't know but a web search found this:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edi...ruit-trees.htm


Maybe try squirrel guard next year to rule out one possibility. Drag you have to wait a whole year to try it -(
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Dang Chandler, you have a big dog in that upper frame.
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Ours is a little larger and she lets her cubs climb our trees and break them down.
Oh my! You have bears roaming around on your property at night?
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And deer in the blueberries.
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And deer in the blueberries.
I wonder if an electric fence would stop them. I would at least have a couple dogs.
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The deer clear a 4' farmfield fence as it is now, flat footed, and a bear doesn't feel the 9k volts due to his fur thickness. Got two dogs, but they are asleep at 3am. We just plant more than we can use, so they have what they want. Mostly corn in the garden and apples for the bear, and blueberries for the deer.

We have 53 blueberry bushes, 40 fruit trees, 5 grape arbors, 2 muscadine arbors, and 2 kiwi arbors, plus the gardens. We don't miss a lot, plus I enjoy capturing them on the game cameras.
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Thanks for replies folks, they reflect all the things I considered from last year. Even went to the local flea market to see if anyone was selling apples.
(Thought maybe my gf at the time was gonna make a pie.)
Last year they were ripe (Sept), this year just getting some red.

If squirrels, wouldn't they have dropped some? Tree is ~20' tall. No evidence of tracks, ladder indentations, broken limbs, scat.
Don't think it is bi-peds. Its a pretty rural area, nobody is gonna risk getting shot for some apples.

I'm gonna get a camera, maybe whatever it was will revisit.

I was really looking forward to this year. Three years ago I was cutting that part of the yard and pulled one off as I drove by. It was one of the best, crispiest apples I've ever eaten.

(The only bear we had was a football coach who now pushes daises.)


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