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Opportunistic White-tailed Deer

white-tailed deer and nip twigs 008One of the most obvious signs associated with porcupines is the presence of “nip twigs” on the ground – severed tips of Eastern Hemlock branches dropped from above after porcupines have eaten the buds off of them. It usually doesn’t take long for White-tailed Deer in the area to detect this easily-accessible source of food. Tender tips that would be out of reach without the assistance of porcupines are quickly consumed by White-tailed Deer. Look for deer tracks and scat beneath trees in which porcupines are feeding. (Note wide porcupine path on left leading to den tree. All other trails were made by deer.)

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6 responses

  1. Now, this is really ace ‘photojournalism’ – ! The picture tells the whole story…… good.

    February 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

  2. I love the symbiotic nature of animals. Nothing is wasted it seems. All fits together like a glove.

    February 28, 2014 at 3:15 pm


    We can probably find signs of this in the woods behind the orchard.

    February 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  4. Smarties!

    February 28, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  5. Otto Wurzburg

    Any thoughts as to what made this track? Thanks, Otto Wurzburg

    February 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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