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The Silvicultural Significance of the Porcupine

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Chiefly as the result of hearsay or from conclusions based on observational evidence only, the porcupine (Erethizon sp.) has been condemned by many foresters as a serious pest to tree crops. Actually, however, little or no factual data have been presented to substantiate such a conclusion. In an intensive study of a five-acre tract bisected by a rock ledge containing a number of porcupiue dens, the writer has attempted to determine the silvicultural effect of porcupine feeding on a young hardwood stand in central New England.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Maine

Publication date: 1941-07-01

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