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November 13, 2007


Are you aware that we also have a fairly healthy porcupine population out here?
They will wipe out new, small trees often as well.
They chew the bark off of all of the lower branches and the trunk and the tree is toast.
A friend of mine that works for BLM visited one day and I showed him a 2' tree that was totally demolished by something.
Yup! Porcupine.
In 18 years I have seen two HUGE dead ones on the road, but never an alive one until November 3.
Liz & I were cruising up the back of Skyline Rd, and came upon a real beaut waddling down the side of the road.
We stopped and just watched it for a bit. Very different sort of creature, but cool!
But damn, I hate loosing trees to the little buggers. :-/

We have deer that will do that but our bigger problem are beaver. We put wire fences around any trees we want to keep as they come up from the creek and gnaw them off, which looks really cool unless you just planted them

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