AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University's poisoned oak trees will soon come down, bringing an end to an era and a drastic change to the landscape.
Crews work to remove toilet paper from one of two poisoned oak trees before spraying the leaves with a coating at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala.
Crews on Tuesday morning began removing the limbs of the landmark oaks, one by one. The trees are all but dead after being poisoned by a rabid fan of the University of Alabama.
Harvey Updyke Jr. is serving a jail term after pleading guilty to spiking the oaks with a powerful herbicide, and experts say they can't be saved.
So workers will use chainsaws and heavy equipment to remove what's left of the once-lush hardwoods at Toomer's Corner.
Auburn fans traditionally roll the trees with toilet paper after a big victory, and tens of thousands rolled the trees after the spring football game last Saturday.