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A porcupine sits quietly in a tree north of Big Sand Lake. They generally live quietly in the woods and tend to blend in with the scenery. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Porcupines: Ignored, despised bark biters

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Porcupines are fairly common throughout Hubbard County, whether you consider them a nuisance, a varmint or a somewhat placid appendage to a tree limb.


"They're food sources for some critters; entertainment for some folks who hunt them," said Tom Stursa, DNR wildlife technician.

The DNR has never counted them, says Katie Haws, DNR regional nongame specialist. They're simply commonplace.

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