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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Identification and Control Information
- Vermont Wildlife Fact Sheet: Porcupine (PDF)
- Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage: Porcupines (PDF)—Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
[Photos, left to right: Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org; Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota, Bugwood.org; Steve Webb, Bugwood.org; Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org]