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Trapping Porcupine


trapping porcupines

Trapping porcupines has much in common with trapping other wild animals.  The first question is how to get the animal in the trap. The second, and tougher question, is what to do next.

A variety of trapping methods are available for porcupines.  A professional can tell you what is effective and legal in your area.  Purchasing traps can be expensive, but you need to get good quality traps or they will not function correctly. Appropriate bait will help your cause and it is critical to know the eating habits and preferences of porcupines.  

Unintended successes are common in porcupine trapping.  You might end up with a cat, a dog, a raccoon, or even a skunk in your trap.  Keep this is mind if you are considering a porcupine trapping plan.  Your neighbor will be unhappy if you trap their cat.  You will be very unhappy if you get a skunk.

Once you trap a porcupine, what are you going to do with it?  Many local and state laws ban wild animal relocation and the fines are steep. While porcupines are not generally aggressive, any animal will defend itself if cornered and frightened and porcupines are masters of defense. If you are not very careful, you will need to research quill removal next.  

Given the expense and complications of trapping porcupines, many people wisely choose to hire a wildlife removal expert.  These people are professionals with the equipment and experience to remove porcupines from your property.  You can trust them knowing the animal will be gone and you and yours will be safe.