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Porcupines are mammals. They are vegetarians. Many people consider porcupines to be a nuisance because of the damage they cause to trees and wooden structures. In addition to plant material, porcupines crave salt and are attracted to objects that have salty human sweat on them, such as ax handles, boat oars, etc.
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[Photos, left to right: Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org; Steve Webb, , Bugwood.org; Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org]
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