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Prickly find for W.Va. Natural Resources Police

West Virginia Natural Resources officers found a northern porcupine in the Dolly Sods...
West Virginia Natural Resources officers found a northern porcupine in the Dolly Sods Wilderness area in the eastern part of the state.(W.Va. Natural Resources Police)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:48 PM EDT
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EASTERN W.Va (WSAZ) – West Virginia Natural Resources Police had a most prickly find earlier this week.

While patrolling the Dolly Sods Wilderness area on Monday, they discovered a northern porcupine. Officers said it appeared to have been struck by a car.

They say while northern porcupines have been found in small numbers in West Virginia since the 1980s, they’re not often seen.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: porcupines are the second largest rodent in North America, after the North American beaver.

Natural resource officers say predators of the porcupine include the great horned owl, coyotes, bobcats and fishers. In the wild, porcupines are known to live up to 18 years and can be covered with up to 30,000 quills.

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