Help identifying this?

Any idea what this is? It was found at a client’s house after they removed a tree.

Fred - This is a full guess, but it looks like it may have been a homemade junction box for a tree mounted fixture…And the fixture may have been abandoned or broke. Like an old parking lot metal halide bulb overhead fixture for area light?

I believe it’s an electric shock device designed to prevent beavers from gnawing down trees.


I guess it’s possible, but the location doesn’t make sense.

It was in the middle of the yard, under a bush. No beavers here.