‘A surge in Christmas tree poaching has forced growers and property owners to take action. Smelly, discolored trees are less likely to be cut and dragged off by thieves, they say.
At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for example, evergreens are sprayed with a fox urine mixture and tagged with a warning to discourage tree thieves.
“It is a strong odour, and it smells just like what it is,” said Kirby Baird, a landscape manager at the school.
When the tree is out in the cold, the smell isn’t noticeable, Mr. Baird said. But once the tree is inside and starts to warm up…
“It’s nasty,” he said.’