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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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pile of quills

any thoughts on why there would be a PILE of porcupine quills/fur laying in the woods???

the pile was large...i'd say atleast several handfuls...maybe a volley ball sized pile..

nothing else to be found...no blood..no carcass..nothing...i didnt search HARD but i did look a bit...


my thinking is maybe a fisher kill?? but whered the carcass go?

any thoughts?? with fisher season coming, it peaked my interest...especially knowing fisher and humans are about the only thing that'll typically kill a porky..
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 10:52 AM
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Re: pile of quills

That is my first thought... a fisher. There aren't too many animals out there that will mess with a porcupine. And if they do, they won't a second time. Except for my German shorthair...I suppose his first encounter and 180 quills in him wasn't enough...he needed a second taste a few months later.
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Re: pile of quills

Bobcats will kill a porky just the same as fishers do. They slap them in the face until they die.
I found a pile of fresh coyote scat the other day with nothing but porcupine hair and quills in it. That had to hurt.


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Re: pile of quills

Fisher Saw one on the first day of bear season. Boy was in neat. Watched for about 10 min.

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Re: pile of quills

I never found quills in a pile. Could have been a fisher. It may have took the carcass with him to hide it form the kill area. A cat may have done the same. Interesting.

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Fishers love eating porkys.

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Re: pile of quills

Thanx guys! I know cats will hide kills...but didnt know if theyd mess with a porky....i couldnt imagine a yote that has to kill with its mouth....

Hope i can find the area again and investigate and maybe set it in a couple weeks!

The porky, if alive, has to he cold coz he gotta be dang near naked! Lol.

Ive never found anything like that..the pile was large...
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Re: pile of quills

Just my 02 cents here, but over the years when I have
shot porcupines and went back a couple of days later, nothing
but a pile of quills and bones laying there. I think they
rot up pretty fast.
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Re: pile of quills

A hunter shooting one and leaving it lay is another possibility....but typically there is always a carcass...or pieces...this was just a mess of quills and fur...no telling really...was a big hollow im sure holds cats and fisher...and was on the transition.of the hemlock bottom, hardwood flat, rhododendron river bank...good cat and fisher territory
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Re: pile of quills

I take a few every year in traps and just throw them aside. A bird of prey would pick the quills just as they do feathers off a bird.

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