When you’re sitting in a barn, pulling quills out of a very angry horse, you come to one conclusion: Get rid of porcupines.
Now, it’s true that porcupines aren’t vicious animals. They don’t carry a lot of diseases, they don’t go on the offensive and chase after you with sharp teeth, they try to stay out of your way. But, they are a nuisance and a pest, and I want to get rid of porcupines from off my property.
I’ve seen evidence of porcupine damage around the place. The side of the barn got chewed up a little, and a couple of my apricot saplings died because a porcupine chewed up the trunk pretty good. The only time I saw one in person is when I accidentally clipped one with my truck. It scuttled off into the trees, so it seemed unhurt, but I was pulling quills out of my tire that night.
One of my dogs got some quills in the face, and has avoided going back outside at night ever since. She’s a pretty small and mischievous dog, who just likes to chase anything that moves. We find it endearing. The porcupine did not. Once the quills get inside a body, they’re not easy to pull out. One buddy of mine suggested I cut the ends off the quills to get rid of a suction-effect. I didn’t feel any difference. The barbs on the quills make them all hard to pull out, suction or no suction, and very painful to the dog. But the dog is small and trusting, and was easy enough to hold down while my sons and I pulled out each quill, one by one. A horse is another matter.
I’d taken this horse out for a long ride just the day before, so I was giving her a rest, just letting her graze in our meadow. She loves to just run as fast as she can from one fence to the other. She’s also a curious horse. I’m sure her curiosity got the better of her, and she got too close to a porcupine. She must’ve cornered it, or made it nervous, because she got quills in both of her front legs.
Yep, time to get rid of porcupines.
I had to call the vet to come out and help me calm the horse down long enough to pull out all the quills. Now, we’re worried about infection. Not that a porcupine is poisonous or anything, but the tiny wounds could get infected if we’re not careful.
I’m tired of pulling out porcupine quills from my animals or tires. I’m tired of finding holes chewed through my outbuildings. It’s time to call Allstate Animal Control and get rid of the porcupines.