February 15th 2013 12:03 pm
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This morning started early as mom was just getting her cup of coffee when she saw the grader come down our drive. She quickly got ready and went out to talk to the driver, and then he went to work opening the drive.
Mom made me stay inside while she was talking to the driver and I did not like it.
Anyway, the yard is now open! Yeah! And I have big snowbanks to crawl on! They are so much fun.
Mom and I were playing outside and she glanced over at the shelter belt. She saw something funny in the shelter belt, pulls my leash out of her pocket and snaps it on me and then we take a walk. You guessed it. My porcupine is back. If anyone has any ideas on how to make a porcupine move, please forward them on!
ACK! That pork -you-pine Loves you and your place.
Shouldn't he be hi-bear-nat-in or sumfin?
Have your Mom google how to discourage them pokey doods from visitin. Seems like there would be sum scent they don't like.
I had a feeling he hadnt gone far.
Ok... we were using mothballs in the engine compartment of the car as it has become a nut stash.. which is ok.. but chewing the wires isnt... it worked....
BUT ...... I HATE mothballs because they are less than good for animals.....so I put some Eucalyptus Oil on a cotton wool pad.. and added a sprinkle of menthol.... and we put that.. in an old pair of tights on the engine compartment( Note.. that and the mothballs have to be REMOVED before driving or it stinks the car out !)
Its working fine.. and is more animal friendly IF they did eat it.
Just a thought.. maybe some oil on fence posts.. I know its very cold.. but it may still work. Best suggestion I have.
Also.. in UK they have some stuff called Renadine.. it keeps foxes away.. there HAS to be something similar.
Animals are scent driven... I am thinking that is going to be the key. You just have to watch it isnt poison.
Mom thinks she may still have some of the powder she used to repel a skunk that took to living under our step. It is nontoxic to the animal, but is a scent deterrent. If she can find it, and it says it works on porcupines, she will try that. Mom was thinking of squirting Sriracha sauce on some of the branches as a taste deterrent!
Your Mum has just detered ME licking any branches with the threat of that sauce !!
Morning Buddy- I thought considering the weather and all the snow, your yard Pet would be back. Your yard provides extra shelter. Maybe he can find food easier too? Those 3 bad winters, we had a herd of at least 50 deer...living in our hay yards...Gma and I ran them out of there several times a day. Then at dark they settled in for the night. They ate alot of the hay for the cattle. 1 yearling tried to bunt me,but I stood my ground and he back down....
Did you try googling natural home remedies for pork? We found out mice are allergic to peppermint oil. If you put it on cotton balls and leave it where there is a problem,they we move out! Isn't that cool? maybe there is something like that for your prickly pet??????
Gpa is feeding cattle,the entry is full of stuff to take to sausage day! I wish I could go,but I'd be a big pest,snatching anything that hit the floor. Probably a bad bellyache to follow? kisses,mazy
Mom has read that capsaicin is really not liked by porcupines. So now she really wants to squirt some sriracha sauce on the branches. She is just waiting for him to climb back up in the tree because he is currently curled all cute in a ball below one. Mom knows peppermint oil is not liked by most rodents, since a porcupine is considered a rodent, she thought she would also try that. The peppermint oil certainly works around the house! Never a dull moment around here!
I don't know why mom wouldn't let me help her, but she left me in the house and went out to the shelter belt. The porcupine is in a bush so she sprinkled some of the Critter-Ridder around it (it is a chemical free deterrent that works on skunks, dogs, cats, ground hogs), so she thought she would try it and she also sprinkled some peppermint essential oil and Tabasco sauce in the area. The porcupine was sure sniffing when she left!
Waits for the update on the Sprinkling !!
I hope you find something that dude finds icky...so he won't pester you anymore...
I don't think its fun to feel trapped in your own yard by a prickly rascal...
Well, first mom did all that sprinkling of stuff around where the porcupine was and then, after a couple hours, she decided to bring out the garden scarecrow and she liberally laced him with peppermint oil and she put him directly below the tree the porcupine was in. As of right now, the porcupine has moved about 10 feet further down the shelter belt and away from where she had put all the stuff. She doesn't think she will be able to do anything tomorrow as we are to get snow and blowing snow. We were watching the porcupine eating in its new spot and it fell out of the tree. Do you suppose that it hurts a porcupine to fall out of a tree? He looked funny lying on his back and he was really struggling to right himself. At least he is moving in the right direction, so mom just needs to keep putting stuff he doesn't seem to like around him and keep him moving out of our yard. Mom yelled at the porcupine that he better be gone before daddy gets home from his business trip! I'm sure that really scared him!
Too bad it are a porcupine and not pork you gots visiting you.
Mom has put a call into a conservation centre in our area to see if they have any advise on the porcupine. She phoned the wildlife people, and they said they would send someone out to shoot it, but then she would have to dispose of the critter.
Its really really sad the "wildlife" people can think no further than shooting it. Hoping the conservation centre will have a better idea. I totally understand the need to move him on.. and I am not a "townie" but I find the reaction of the "wildlife" folk unacceptable.
IF in the end because all else had been tried.. and for safety, he HAD to be shot... thats a little different... but a first answer from them.... hmmmmmm... doesnt give me a good feeling about their mandates at all.
I KNOW you are doing ALL you can..... and the last thing you want is Buddy to come to harm. No one wants that. I hope you understand my feelings about "them" though.
Mom just got off the phone with the conservation people and because the porcupine is not injured they would not come to take it. They asked if she wanted tips on live capturing it and then relocating it herself. As daddy is on a business trip and she is here alone, she has no intentions of trying to relocate it by herself. One thing they said usually works is sprinkling urine around the area. Mom says I have to pee into a cup tonight and everytime she takes me out tomorrow!
Nononono Mum.. you DO NOT need to get injured.
Actually urine is used in many other things as a scare. Animal and human(not going down that road !!!) but it does work.
Mostly it works because it shows proximity ... and that will send most on the way.
You are doing a great job.. and right now you just need to keep you and Buddy safe.
At least the conservation folk werent so trigger happy !
Mom tried her best to get the porcupine to move along and she left the porcupine alone for a couple of days and she hoped he would just leave. She thought he was acting "different" and thought she should keep her distance. She eventually put on her snowshoes and went for a walk around the shelter belt and the porcupine "charged" at her. She called our neighbor, who is the pest control officer in our area, and he came over. It was decided that for everyone's safety the porcupine should be put down.
Sometimes.. you just cant help something or someone. You did all you could. It is a pity that they couldnt just relocate him... but not to be. At least Buddy is safe now and that is what matters. Thankyou for trying everything you could do.