Prickly Porkie Pests of the Northwoods on a Winter Day in Wisconsin

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Prickly Porkie Pests of the Northwoods on a Winter Day in Wisconsin.

Tonight I will share a few pictures and thoughts on  a batch of photos that one of my Foresters sent to me from Eau Claire County Wisconsin.

So many animals of the wild are stealthy and elusive leaving as few tracks as they can and try to keep the environment clean in their wake, but not our friend the Porcupine.

You can generally spot a Porkie den tree from about a hundred feet away, with it's dirty well used trail and telltale pile of extruded sausage type droppings piled high and flowing out the door.

As a forester and general fan of trees, I am not too fond of what the porkies do once they leave their den either, as they enjoy crawling up nearby trees and crewing off the bark and eating the inner cambium which is not only tasty but the lifeblood of the tree.

It does not take long for these nasty little spinney pigs of the woods to cause quite a bit of damage to the trees around them and occasionally even a curious dog if one happens to be following a forester or hiker through the woods.

Unfortunately the forest and the dogs who visit them have few heroes who are willing to keep this quill filled pest at bay.

Fishers will take care of a Porkie when they come across them, but Fishers are rare and even they would rather eat all of the neighborhood cats and chickens before they take care of the difficult job of dispatching a nest of tree eating pork chops.

So in most of Wisconsin, the trees have to rely on a rare hunter who is willing to waste a shell on a passing Porkie. 

The trees are always disappointed that none of our Foresters carry guns along with us as we do our work.

But they are generally relieved when a few of our clients take our advice and venture out to  the forest for a bit of Porcupine population control.



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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Bob.  Well sir I learned something twice so far in the Rain today. BTW do you carry a firearm when you are in the woods?  I know I would

Dec 22, 2016 03:58 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Bob. Learned something today about the porcupine! Not good! Enjoy your day!

Dec 22, 2016 05:17 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have never seen a porcupine up close. I enjoyed reading your post about their habitat since I will never get there on my own.

Dec 22, 2016 07:24 AM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

As much time as I spend in the woods I have only seen one

Dec 22, 2016 07:07 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - I really learn so much.  I really had no idea about those animals and I don't think I have ever seen one.

Dec 22, 2016 08:57 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the education, Bob.  I had no clue about their nastiness.

Dec 23, 2016 05:11 PM #6
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
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EW!  I knew porcupines were nasty - but I did not know they were that bad.  I like the way you comepare them to pigs.  Sounds like they may have pigs beat on pigginess though.

Dec 23, 2016 11:54 PM #7
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