Have a camp on a state lease.
The family's had it since 1964 and never had a problem with porcupines before now. Started getting game camera pic's of them two years ago but now they've decided to add the cabin to their diet.
They chewed a door (oak) to an outside closet/shed up about 20", the bottom of the door is gone. It's been there as long as we've had the place.
They then got in it closet and chewed up anything they could get to. A styrofoam archery target, the caps on the plastic gas cans, the corners of some plastic kerosene containers, just about everything they could get to.
This damage happened in less than 30 days, I got a phone call from a relative last Sunday that stopped by to check on the place and found the bottom of the door gone.
They've also started chewing on the poles for the porch and the outside wall of the cabin itself at places. Again, this just started.
I asking for advice on what I can spray around the place to deter these pointy quilled wood chewing rodents. I did spray some Tobasco on everything they chewed and around the place when I was up to put a patch on the door. Didn't know what else to do on short notice. I also know that they are now open to shoot - starting in September from what I've been told.
...oh and I also saw that a bear has been clawing up all the trees around the place. The claw marks were 74" - 78" high and are within 15' - 25' of the cabin. Mr. Bear also decided to tear the trim off of one corner of the outhouse. He enjoys doing this as this is the fourth straight year we get to replace it. He's just strated clawing up the trees though.
I love the woods but am wondering if they'll be anything left of the cabin by September.
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