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Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby uwe » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:22 pm

Maroon Lake & Capitol Lake Trailheads?

Thank you in advance for the assist with this question.

Uwe

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby RJansen77 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:36 pm

Absolutely at the Maroon Lake TH. Bring wire, mothballs, coyote urine or some combination. A member of our group saw six in just over a mile while hiking there a few weeks ago!
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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby DaveLanders » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:06 pm

I was parked at the Capitol Lake trailhead from 6/26 to 7/3. I was car camped part of the time, and I
was camping near Capitol Lake part of the time. I didn't have any encounters with porcupines,
and my truck is still running :D

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby towalkinwater » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:26 pm

Last week, we had a porcupine come into our camp near the base of Maroon Peak's route two consecutive nights chewing on gear. I woke up the first night with it under my tent fly nibbling on my boots. I didn't need the ice axe to climb Maroon, but it certainly worked as a projectile to get the damned thing to move out of camp. Several nights later, we were camped at Geneva Lake in preparation to climb Snowmass's "S" Ridge. Another porcupine would not leave us alone. A well thrown rock sent it on its way. We ended up breaking camp and hanging all of our gear while we did the climb. No sense in letting it chew up $900 worth of tents! The Maroon Bells Wilderness porcupines are indignant and relentless! Beware...

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby DurangoJenn » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:40 am

I assume these porcupines are at the campgrounds there, too? I'll be camping at Silver Queen this week so guess I better add porcupine deterrents to the pre-trip checklist. Any advice on the best ways to keep them at bay is appreciated (like what do you do with the mothballs? Sprinkle them around the vehicle?). TIA.

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby unclegar » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:25 pm

I sprinkled moth ball crystals around my car and a few underneath and had no issue with porcupines that time (and there were some around), so I'd say that worked.
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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby Carl » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:40 pm

RJansen77 wrote:Absolutely at the Maroon Lake TH.


As we drove up Maroon Creek Road last weekend I told Rob I thought the problem porcupines had been relocated. About five minutes later we rounded the corner just below the parking lot and saw a fat porcupine waddling along the road nearing the parking lot. Needless to say either him or his friends feasted on the underside of my vehicle throughout the night. Undeterred by the coyote urine and pepper spray.

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby somethingrandom » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:00 pm

Not to totally thread-jack but how does porcupine taste?

A 9mm would certainly weigh less than all the food you take on a multi-night hike...

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby tmathews » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:01 pm

Carl wrote:
RJansen77 wrote:Absolutely at the Maroon Lake TH.


As we drove up Maroon Creek Road last weekend I told Rob I thought the problem porcupines had been relocated. About five minutes later we rounded the corner just below the parking lot and saw a fat porcupine waddling along the road nearing the parking lot. Needless to say either him or his friends feasted on the underside of my vehicle throughout the night. Undeterred by the coyote urine and pepper spray.


RJansen77 was up there again? :shock:

Moth balls world well for me several times this summer. Hope the experience wasn't too expensive for you, Carl! :wft:

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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby RJansen77 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:05 pm

tmathews wrote:
Carl wrote:
RJansen77 wrote:Absolutely at the Maroon Lake TH.


As we drove up Maroon Creek Road last weekend I told Rob I thought the problem porcupines had been relocated. About five minutes later we rounded the corner just below the parking lot and saw a fat porcupine waddling along the road nearing the parking lot. Needless to say either him or his friends feasted on the underside of my vehicle throughout the night. Undeterred by the coyote urine and pepper spray.


RJansen77 was up there again? :shock:

Moth balls world well for me several times this summer. Hope the experience wasn't too expensive for you, Carl! :wft:


Think he's referring to a different Rob, Terry. I haven't been back since the traverse, had the Leadville Trail Marathon and just finished a trip in the SJs.

Agree though, hope they didn't do any serious damage, Carl!
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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby djkest » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:12 pm

Seems like these Porcupines are a serious problem, but what is the humane and ethical thing to do in this case?
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Re: Porcupines Still Chewing on Car Wires In

Postby San Juan Ron » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:55 am

Don't come to the San Juans without your balls -- moth balls that is! Apply liberally around and under car. To be safe I leave the half opened box open and under the car for "extra protection". Remember, LNT so pack up your balls when you leave. SJ Ron :)

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