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Porcupine Problem
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Dale    Posted 05-27-2003 at 18:50:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I bought a home on 33 acres of woodland 3 years ago. The house is a ranch with wood siding on the upper half and brick the lower. A porcupine took a liking to the wood siding and had made considerable damage when my husband lost patience shooing it away and shot the bugger. Months went by without a problem, but now another porky is back. How do we teach this varmint to go enjoy the trees and leave our house alone? HELP !!! We have painted hot habanera pepper sauce, Ropel and crushed moth flakes on the wood. It STILL eats it.

try this- it worked for m    Posted 05-28-2003 at 06:25:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rig up a two strands of that cheap aluminum electric fencing wire about 6" off the ground around your house. Put a second strand at about 9" or so. Buy the cheapest charger you can find. Use reinforcment rod for posts, and those cheap yellow screw-on insulators. It will only take once to give them the message. Free up all that 'look-out' time you'll spend hoping to feed them lead. M.D.

Willy-N    Posted 05-27-2003 at 19:22:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
After they chewed up my porch and knowing what they could do to one of our dogs. Well lets say it would only be seen once here. My home is my home and the rest of the place is for the wild life. 3 acers of my 40 is mine and I leave them alone on there part. Mark H.

TB    Posted 05-27-2003 at 19:04:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probibly a after minerals or salts. You can try putting out some mineral and salt licks for the animals. If all else you may have to give him lead also.

Dale    Posted 05-27-2003 at 19:23:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tried that already, TB. We have salt licks out for deer, but this porky prefers our siding for some weird reason. Thanks anyway. I appreciate your response.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-27-2003 at 22:20:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Be glad they let you know of their presence on the siding instead of deciding to destroy your woodlot. One porcupine is capable of killing 8 trees a day by chewing a ring of bark off around it - they're no friend of mine. To forestall a war between the animal rights people and the tree-huggers i'll shoot every porcupine i can, just to prevent the initial debate. :)
About as bad as the cockateels in Australia. Fortunately the country's generally dry cuz the flocks of those silly cockies like to pry up roofing shingles and look for bugs.

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