Are squirrels hurting or helping my rhododendron?

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I have a rhododendron in my backyard, next to or around several pine trees. I have seen squirrels grabbing clusters of leaves off the rhodi bush, they are coming back time and time again, like 7-10 times !!! I know they are using it to make their nests. I am wondering are they harming my plant or are they actually helping it by pruning it ?

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