Went to check my tomato plants yesterday morning, and noticed the top of one was missing and the leaves were on the ground. Hmmm...I thought. Must have been a hungry cut worm. Went down the row and found another, cut off about 2 inches from the ground, and the top, shredded, lying on the ground about 4 feet away. Now this was no cut worm. While puzzling over this mystery, a few feet away, I discovered a gourd from last year, lying on the ground, the neck chewed in two and most of the seeds eaten.
Now I have been raising tomatoes for 50 years or so, and have never seen anything like this. I have lost tomatoes to cut worms, gophers, and even squirrels will cut the green tomatoes when other pickings are slim. If this is a rabbit, it's a new M.O. for me. The only other thing it might be is a turkey, but I can't see them getting into a gourd with all the sunflower seed around. Turtles, to my knowledge, only eat the ripe tomatoes, and raccoons will eat a lot of things, but never seen one eat a green tomato plant. These plants are about a foot high and the stem is about as big around as my little finger.
I'm pretty sure it isn't a gopher, although we do have them, but they usually cut them off below the ground. I have wire cages around the bottom, so gophers can't get to the roots, and cages around the plant, so it would be very difficult for a dog or even a raccoon to do this. The ground was fairly wet, but no tracks. Any Sherlock Holmes fans out there?