Plenty of animals make use of this Wisconsin native tree. White-tailed Deer browse the stump sprouts through the winter. Moose and elk also browse though not as heavily. Squirrels will chew on bark, twigs, buds, and leaves and use these parts as nesting material. Juncos, nuthatches, turkeys, and other birds will eat the seeds.
As one of the first plants to bloom in the spring Red Maple kick-starts the year for many native bees and honeybees. Rosy maple moth, Cecropia Moth, Retarded Dagger Moth, Polyphemus Moth, the Imperial Moth, and more use it as one of their host plants. Inchworms, Orange-humped Maple Worm, Maple Looper larvae, and more feed on the foliage.
Many cavity nesters such as Pileated Woodpecker, Screech Owl, and Wood Duck will use cavities.
Toxic to cattle and horses.