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According to Uldis Roze, who has
spent 24 years studying porcupines in
the Catskill Mountains of New York
state, porcupine fur has excellent
insulating properties, which allows
porcupines to use hollow logs, trees,
and rock crevices as winter dens.
Usually they turn their backs to the den
openings, sit with their bodies propped
up by their tails, and hold their front
paws against their chests. They turn
their hind paws sideways so their naked
foot pads don't touch the ground.
When resting in high trees, they
roll up into balls and can withstand
extremely cold temperatures.
No wonder they are able to live as
far north as northern Alaska, Quebec,
and Labrador; in fact, at or beyond the
tundra line.

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By mid-February, the so-called
"polar vortex" was not only dropping
our thermometer to as low as 10 degrees
below zero, but it began to snow in
earnest. And again I found the same
porcupine tucked into the hollow log
along the Far Field Road, its back white
with snow.
With 18 inches of snow on the
ground, I broke out my snowshoes and
headed up to the spruce grove. As I
broke trail around the grove, I saw fresh
porcupine tracks and then spotted a
porcupine at the base of a spruce tree.
It started up the tree when it realized
I had seen it, but it didn't climb more
than a few feet before it went around
to the back of the trunk as if, once out
of sight, I would forget it was there.
Then I noticed a circle from its
body at the base of the tree as well as
a pile of cylindrical, gray and brown
porcupine scat, the droppings 1 to 1
1/2 inches long.
It must have been there for some
time.
I also broke trail along the Far Field
Road and encountered the porcupine
in the same hollow log after a night of
stripping bark from the lower spruce
grove trees, just as the one I saw earlier
specialized in the upper part of the
grove.
Every time I passed the Far Field
Road hollow log for most of February,
the porcupine was either in the log or
plodding its way back to it. And then
tragedy struck. On Feb. 27, I found
a dead porcupine behind the spruce
grove, still clinging to the thin branch
of a black locust tree. Apparently, it
had fallen from the large spruce it was
gnawing and had broken the locust
branch off on its way to the ground.
Probably it had died sometime after it
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