The prickly porcupine deserves more respect

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

This lone porcupine was just passing by, maybe trying to find a mate or a favourite hollow tree in which to pass the winter months.

Porcupines are nocturnal and are rarely seen in the daytime, so most people have not seen one while out for a walk in the woods. An overly curious dog, however, may have encountered one and come home with a face full of quills.