Why are squirrels stripping bark off my lilacs?

Asked January 20, 2015, 4:59 PM EST

In the past month gray squirrels have been stripping the bark off my lilacs and honeysuckle shrubs much more extensively than in previous years. Usually it's 3 or 4 limbs, and now it's a dozen or so, especially mature limbs, stripped bare. Is there any way to redirect them? Why are they doing this?

Hennepin County Minnesota squirrels

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