Hairy Rope on Trees

If You See This ‘Hairy Rope’ Don’t Be a Dope
Call me a dope, but I had zero clue about the dangers of the "hairy rope" you may see on trees during the Winter. At the risk of sounding like a city boy who isn't very outdoorsy, I'm about to be totally honest with you: I have never seen this "hairy rope" looking thing on a tree, ever. Therefore, I would have no idea what it is or know that I shouldn't touch it.  I'm pretty su