They are unique, mild mannered, CUTE, and one of my favorite mammals to observe.
|Porcupine caught on camera trap in Soldotna, Alaska|
|Porcupine climbing a tree in Soldotna, AK|
Then I've seen 2 dead porcupines this past fall. One less than a mile from my house, and the other on the side of the road in NE Massachusetts.
Each time I spot one, dead or alive, I think to myself "HA! I told you they were he....oh. Wait. I'm not in Ontario County. Or even in NY."
I've not given up on seeing them in the Finger Lakes, just set it on the back burner for now since I don't live in the area.
|Porcupine in Soldotna, AK|
Where did he bring us? To a porcupine denning and feeding site!
|Porcupine den in a hole in a dead conifer tree. He may or may not have been home when we were there! |
It was too high for us to see in his front door.
|A "nip twig" with obvious signs of cambium feeding.|
I was so excited, and no one else seemed to even care! I think I even smacked the arm of the guy standing next to me when he handed me that twig above and exclaimed "NO WAY!". He looked startled and let it go.
I'm not sorry that porcupines and their sign excite me. I do apologize for hitting you though :)
Maybe I should set up a camera on this site???