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Porcupines are large, slow moving rodents with a coat of sharp spikes, or “quills”, which they use to protect from predators. These quills lie flat and are mixed amongst soft furs until they feel threatened. Contrary to popular belief, Porcupines cannot shoot their quills. The quills release upon being touched or pressed up against. Porcupines have round bodies with black to brownish-yellow fur and strong, short legs. The soles of their feet are hairless, which helps them climb trees. They prefer to rest in trees, though they do have dens that they sleep near and stay close to in the winter. Porcupines are mainly active at night.
Porcupines can pose as a structural nuisance. They enjoy chewing on wood, whether it be trees, decks, or wooden furniture and siding. Porcupines are also a threat to pets, especially dogs. If you notice a Porcupine hanging around a structure, call a licensed wildlife professional to relocate the animal. If your animal has been quilled, call a veterinary office immediately.