How to protect my trees and shrubs from porcupines in Maryland | Porcupine

How to protect my trees and shrubs from porcupines

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Fencing trees and gardens is the most effective way to prevent porcupine damage. Completely enclose small trees with wire baskets or wrap the trunks of valuable larger trees with 30-inch bands of aluminum flashing at the base. Multiple trees or an entire area can be enclosed in a single fence.

Porcupines are great climbers so extra precautions are necessary. Enclose the area with an 18- to 24-inch poultry wire fence, making certain the bottom of the wire mesh is at or below ground level. Bend the top few inches outward at a 65-degree angle and run a smooth electrified wire 1 ½ inches above the poultry wire.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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