Gardening for Wildlife forum: Porcupine damage

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
May 17, 2014 12:01 PM CST
They made a mess of the maples & spruce
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
May 17, 2014 12:20 PM CST
I thought the rabbit damage my garden had last winter was bad until I saw your pics, Joanne. Holy moly! Was all that bark eaten by just one porcupine, or was there a bunch of them? Will the trees recover?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
May 17, 2014 12:29 PM CST
Not sure how many, but I think it is a bunch of them. There are a large number of trees that have been stripped of the bark. Some branches are definitely dead. No one lives at our farm so the animals just do as they please. I did see one large porcupine really early this morning. I might have to ask the neighbour to get rid of them. They don't seem to touch the polpular trees, only the spruce & maples. All have damage in the yard
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
May 18, 2014 9:09 AM CST
I had no idea porcupines ate bark. That's a whole lot of damage! I'm sure some of those trees will not recover.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
May 28, 2014 12:54 AM CST
How big are these ring-barkers? Can they climb too?? It does look like terminal death for the trees.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 28, 2014 5:22 AM CST
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/porcupine.htm They seem to tell everything but it's size. Sort of leaving off a big piece of the puzzle there doncha think?

Okay, wikipedia says they are
Mass: 5.4 – 16 kg (Adult)
Length: 64 – 91 cm (Adult)
Tail length: 20 – 25 cm (Adult)

In metric especially for you Glen. Hilarious!
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
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Gleni
May 28, 2014 6:05 AM CST
Thank you Ann. Smiling
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 28, 2014 8:39 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

BTW, since this thread is titled Porcupine damage, I thought I would include this photo. The people who bred my border terrier have a son who lives in Texas & he also has a border terrier. One day the mowing guy left the interior gate open & a porcupine got into the part of the yard that is the dogs yard. The dog & the porcupine tangled & this was the result.

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The son was out of town when it happened & the wife called the ER vet. The vet said to pull them out & she (the dog) will be fine. Well, the wife did & said it hurt her more than the dog. Hilarious! Border terriers are tough dogs. Still, it's hard to look at that pic & imagine having that happen. I can sympathize with the poor wife who had to pull all those quills out!
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
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Gleni
May 28, 2014 5:17 PM CST
Oh my goodness! Blinking
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
May 31, 2014 7:16 AM CST
Poor dog! That looks painful. I seen one of the porcupines really early in the morning. I looked huge, over 20 lbs
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 31, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Sure glad we don't have those around here. Blinking

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