Residents in the Saanich, B.C., neighbourhood of Cadboro Bay rallied Tuesday to prevent municipal crews from cutting down the estimated 300-year-old fir.
Police were called, but the fallers left without firing up their chainsaws.
The municipality says the tree, dubbed Dougy Fir, has been attacked by a fungus and must be removed.
But area homeowners question the results of tests done last spring and want their own arborist to assess the health of the ancient conifer.
They also say a lawyer could file an injunction as early as today, aimed at preventing the tree's removal. (CFAX)