Porcupine evidence of intrusion is based for the most part on their fondness of trees and forested areas as their main course of any meal. This affinity can cause considerable damage to gardens and landscapes. Please see below for some methods to help you determine if you have a porcupine feeding and living on your property.
Porcupine Evidence of Intrusion- Tracks
Evidence of porcupine intrusion can most certainly be the presentation of their foot prints. The tracks of the porcupine will have a rough look because of their pebble textured paws. The front paws have four (4) toes and the back paws have five (5) toes. The path will show tail drags in between as shown in the image below. Look for oval shaped tracks at the base of trees or other vegetation that you think is being damaged by the animals.
Porcupine Evidence of Intrusion-Scat
Another excellent form of evidence to determine if a porcupine is the cause of your landscaping problems is finding their scat. Porcupine scat looks like small pellets. Look for scat around the base of trees where you have found damage.
Porcupine Evidence of Intrusion-Gnawing
Those ever growing incisors keep porcupines chewing and even on the some things that you might least expect. Porcupines have a salt craving unmatched by any mammal. This leads them to gnaw on salt covered items. Look for evidence of chewing on car tires in the winter when road salt is in use, and on wooden hand tools such as axes that have salt residue from the person who last used it.
Porcupine Evidence of Intrusion-Tree Damage
The most definite sign that porcupines are the culprits to your tree damage is in how they chew. Look for large portions of bark stripped from trees. Porcupines often clip smaller twigs and branches in their quest for that sweet cambium beneath the bark. Look for neatly clipped twigs and branches at the base of these same bark stripped trees.
Porcupine Evidence of Intrusion-Dogs with Quills
There’s no doubt that dogs are some of the most curious animals on earth, and may not take no for an answer when they come across a porcupine. They are often victims of a scared porcupine and wind up with snout full of quills; a sure sign of porcupine evidence of intrusion.
Porcupines can cause considerable damage to landscapes by stripping the bark from trees. These signs coupled with the other methods listed above should help you in looking for porcupine evidence of intrusion.