Porcupine Winter Courtship Video

Porcupine Courtship

The High Point Preserve is located in Brackney, Pennsylvania and is under the stewardship of the Edward L Rose Conservancy.

The Conservancy monitors the local environment and has ongoing projects to make visible the beautiful and often hidden behaviors of local wildlife.  Our local community of native creatures depend on a healthy, natural environment to continue to follow their instincts and cycles in all seasons.

This video from the High Point Preserve follows some porcupines that are late into their courtship season.
**Note:  This video does have scenes of porcupine vocalizations and courtship behaviors. Parents should determine if this video is age appropriate for their children and themselves.
Dancing with a porcupine must be done very carefully, as demonstrated by the male porcupine faced with the challenge of having quills from his mate stuck in his paw.
The porcupines found in North America are good climbers and spend much of their time in trees.  The North American porcupine is the largest of all porcupines. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills. North American porcupines use their large front teeth to eat natural bark, stems, fruit, leaves, and springtime buds.
Here is a link to an article about the biology of porcupines in Pennsylvania.  https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Education/WildlifeNotesIndex/Pages/Porcupine.aspx
Hope that you enjoy the video and share it with your family and friends.
The Edward L Rose Conservancy has a mission to preserve natural places in North East Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York State.