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.