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Alberta_huntress_83

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Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:14:34 PM »
G'day all....

Has anyone ever had porcupine problems on their land, and if so, what was the best way to rid of them? My friend has small pets and kids, and livestock of all sizes and types. She wants my help to get rid of it.....is there any "need-to-know's" about the porcupine you feel anyone dealing with them should know (aside from the obvious - don't get quilled)!?

Has anyone ever mounted a porcupine? Thoughts on that?
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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 01:44:19 PM »
Hi E-beth .. yep we had a problem afew times with the dogs and porcupines but that was when i was young and at my parents acreage here ..took a month to heal up the dogs or so

just got off the ph with local CO and you can just shoot them if on private land and not in a town or by-lawed area  and over 200 meters from a occupied building

i have even seen them at Maligne Lake Fishermans Bay campsite and had to warn the camper's as you can hear them as they sniff around your tent at night and scare the s___ out of some..

to get quilled you have to be hit by the tail or contact the body .. the tall tale is they can throw them .. lmao .. my boys were saying that so i had to correct them;;; .. just don,t get close to the tail..

taking a long pole and flipping them on back they have a tough time getting rolled over

if she want to just move it putting a blanket or two over will quite it and then good leather gloves and a big tote she could move to a river valley or away from her acreage

Food for Thought
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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 05:15:31 PM »
If you have permission or own the land 200m rule does not apply.

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 09:43:12 AM »
Its all private. But what's the best way to lure them out? Are they nocturnal? Dawn and dusk are maybe best? Bait? Callling? How can I increase my chances of seeing it when I get up there? Should I be looking near woodpiles? Long grass? What do they like to habitate in? Shooting it is totally fine....

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
Park a few 1/4 million doller combines in field next to house porkys like the wiring, air cleaners are a good place to look for nests. 

 
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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2013, 10:23:47 AM »
They are nocturnal but can be seen throughout the day. PP's love caves, rock piles old buildings, anywhere they can get under the floorboards. They normally don't bother anyone except dogs (or anything who chase after them) and usually head in the other opposite direction. Unless they are bothersome, destroying trees, etc,  I highly recommend leaving them be. Did you know a PP is the easiest animal to kill if you are lost in the bush.

I've only recently killed one that came on the acreage and got tangled up with my dogs....try pulling 30 + quills out of a big male German Shepherds yap, not an easy task.

As far as disposing of them, a simple hard slap across the snout with a large stick would do, or if you don't feel comfortable with that method use a 22 cal to the head. A 22 shot is cheaper than a shotgun shell.

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013, 12:13:00 PM »

I have had to pull quills out several times from a few different dogs.  I get mad at the dog and not the porky who was just defending itself.

The only porky I ever killed, I did in with a big stick and ate it in a "Porcupine pie" with dumplings.

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2013, 02:06:46 PM »
I ate a porky once when I was a kid. The old man killed it a brought it home. Can't really remember what it taste like but I'm guess in line with pork.

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2013, 05:54:03 PM »
I would totally eat the heck out of a PP! I know her dog has been quilled already at least once...she wants it gone. But I never knew about the nose slap being an effective method of killing them! That's crazy! I think they're cute, and maybe she could just trap and relocate it? Ill give her a few options, but I don't really want to kill one if she doesn't need to. I see them at Nose Hill in Calgary, and they don't bother anyone unless you bother them....

But now simply for the sake of eating, I'm entirely too curious how they taste lol. Ill eat anything once lol.

Thanks very much for the insight everyone, this is all very helpful.

E-beth
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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2013, 06:54:33 PM »
Ill eat anything once lol. 

E-beth

I draw the line at prairie oysters...lol.. :o

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2013, 08:36:55 AM »
Oh come on Sonny! Where's your sense of adventure lol? I'd say to be 'Albertan for certain' its just something ya gotta do! I've never tried, but honestly I probably still would. Kinda like 'kissing the cod' to be a real Newfie 'der bye!

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Re: Pesky Porcupine Problems?
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2013, 11:51:50 AM »
I once left a truck on an old logging landing overnight and the next day was going to climb over a mountain to the truck.  It was a good thing the climb became to hard for us and we chickened out and drove back to my truck.  The porcupines must have had a party under the truck. I had to go home and get new cooling hoses, brake lines  fan belt and a wiring repair kit.  That truck was neve the same after that. You would be driving down the road and the lights would go out.  You would have to search to find another wire that had the insulation eaten off of it.  Yup I do not like porkies.