100_4470edMultiflora rose flowers beautifully.  But 19th century gardeners introduced the East Asian native to America primarily as a rootstock for grafting ornamental roses.

Farmers later utilized the thorny shrub as a “living fence” for animals.

Nowadays its many white flowers often signal dense and prickly thickets crowding roadside trees and bushes.

Such impenetrable growth could require attention along Little Crum Creek where the animal-traveling corridor between fenced yards is already slim.

This thicket spreads between two unimpeded trails freely trodden by animals up and down the creek.