Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

The Quill Pig

The Latin name of the porcupine translates to 'pig with spines or quills'. We see more and more porcupines throughout our parks. This one was found dead in a small ravine area, what caused its demise we do not know. Maybe the harsh winter, which was tough on many wildlife, did it in.

Porcupines are members of the rodent family - the only larger rodent in our area is the beaver. They are, of course, well-known for the quills which are known for two things: penetrating skin and staying in place. The porcupine is eaten by some people of Asian culture but mainly they are fed on by the Fisher, a woodland animal known to seek them out for food. As the porcupine spreads its range the Fisher usually follows.