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    Porcupines?

    Porcupines?

    Last night just before going to sleep (in my hammock naturally), I had a thought (I do that sometimes): My hanging ropes are literally covered in sweat from my hands, from what I understand Porcupines LOVE salt & will eat anything with salt on (or near) it. Has anyone while in Porcupine territory, had an “issue” with the little darlins chewing through your support system?
    Seems that it may indeed be an issue to think about, but I don’t have any ideas as to how to prevent it. I imagined that you would be lying there, sound asleep, when: SNAP, THUD as they cut through your line & you fall to the ground. I know my girls (rats) can chew thru a nylon shoe string held tight in one bite, that is ONE bite, & my largest one weighs in at only 1 Lb. Porcupines are MUCH larger.
    Porcupines also live in trees, the things we usually hang from.

    I don’t have an answer to this. I’m not going to stop hanging because of it! Don’t even know if it is a real or imagined problem.

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    I didn't even know porcupines climbed trees... I never gave it much thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    I didn't even know porcupines climbed trees... I never gave it much thought.
    they are rather good at it and often nest in trees

    picture of porcupine climbing a tree: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...cupine-web.jpg

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    Until it happens...it's imagined!
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    The common porcupine can be found in most of Canada and the western United States south to Mexico. In the eastern United States, it can be found in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New England.

    Has anyone seen any of these anywhere else?


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    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    Until it happens...it's imagined!
    That's what I thought. Still, , , , ,
    When you have a backpack on, no matter where you are, you’re home.
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    Never fails to amaze me, the things one imagines, alone in the woods at night!

    Would you like to buy a bottle of porcupine repellent?

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    A friend of mine just did an overnighter in the Smokies. He met a guy coming up the trail who had stayed at the same campsite he was staying at. The guy told him to be sure to hang his food as the bears were very active.

    The next morning he got up to bear prints all around his hammock. He said he was glad he slept really sound that night...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    A friend of mine just did an overnighter in the Smokies. He met a guy coming up the trail who had stayed at the same campsite he was staying at. The guy told him to be sure to hang his food as the bears were very active.

    The next morning he got up to bear prints all around his hammock. He said he was glad he slept really sound that night...lol

    That would be really cool ad really scarey all at the same time.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I have never saw one of these little guys, I hope to at some point. I think that the concentration of salt on the webbing is probibly pretty low. It might be low enough that they wouldn't even bother with it. Then again them might crawl down it to see if there is anything at the other end worth eating.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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