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I had two small porcupines in adjacent large maples on my property in the UP when I was up there this weekend. I didn't have a gun with me so I could not have shot them even if I wanted to. Down in Southern Michigan where I grew up we don't have them thankfully. I know they are bad for dogs and can harm trees. How do others deal with them? Should I be concerned if I don't have a dog up there with me?
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Porcupines love to eat salty things such as shovel handles and anything that comes in contact with sweat. I wonder id mainline cleaners with sodium/chloride will invite chewing?
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agree with haynes, porkys can be hard on tubing and other things around the sugarhouse. they will chew on wood, plastic, bags of lime...don't know why this one happens.
The way I deal with them is if in a tree I'll shoot them, if I catch them on the ground I'll either use a big shovel, or a big stick and beat them over the head. They have some messed up legs and I'm just young enough yet I can chase them down.
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Or just get youself some fishers like we have here!
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We have fishers in the UP, I have one blurry trail cam picture of one from last fall. No trail cam pics of porkys though, these are the first ones I've seen on the property since I've bought it. Since there were 2 I'll probably be seeing more.
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They like to girdle trees and this kills the tree. Unfortunately they seem to pick a different tree each day instead of just finishing one. At one point I tested the sugar content of many small trees thinking that I would cull the lower content ones. A porcupine took up residence in the area and when the snow melted in the spring, he had girdled the sweetest one at the base. As a friend said: "If you were going to gnaw on wood for a living wouldn't you pick the sweetest?" They have a right to be in the woods, just not my woods.
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Old thread revived. one of probably many more dispatched during deer season. he had taken up residence in the largest sugar maple on my property and made a mess of it. I was not happy. Do they normally stay in one tree for so long? From the amount of sign under the tree it looked like he had been there well over a month. Btw a 30-06 is alittle overkill for porkys.
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If you have a porky tree or den near tubing, to prevent it from getting chewed up, heat a jar of Vaseline then mix in generous amount of hot sauce. Wipe a thin layer on tubing and spout, hedgehogs and squirrels hate it. Use examimnation gloves to apply.
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If you have a porky tree or den near tubing, to prevent it from getting chewed up, heat a jar of Vaseline then mix in generous amount of hot sauce. Wipe a thin layer on tubing and spout, hedgehogs and squirrels hate it. Use examimnation gloves to apply.
I'd do this only sparingly, if at all.

Some research has shown that capsaicin (the substance producing the hot burning sensation in the mouth) can migrate to some degree through tubing. Less gets through with the newer styles of tubing = polyethylene than in the older types of tubing = polyvinyl chloride, but in either case, there can be some. A little would likely be OK in problem areas, but don't go out and put it on all your tubing, and then be particularly careful in those areas when doing repairs not to get any of the material on the INSIDE of the tubing.

More info at: Capsaicin migration through maple sap collection tubing - ScienceDirect

Another approach to dealing with porcupines is to subject them to high-velocity lead poisoning.
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