Porcupines to Be Killed in Pa.

State game officials say it’s time to stick it to Pennsylvania’s porcupines

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is poised to declare open season on the razor-sharp rodents on Tuesday, citing complaints of property damage from residents.

Porcupines are listed as a protected species but can be killed by residents if they’re causing property damage.

Commission member Dave Putnam tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the proposal would offer residents the clear assurance they can killed a troubles porcupine. He says the animals damage log cabins and have been known to nibble on vehicle brake lines.

Some animal welfare groups question the plan.

And one hunter told The Philadelphia Inquirer he wouldn’t consider it sporting. Tom Leete says “you wouldn't so much track a porcupine as bump into it.”

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