Pilot Study of Diet and Tracking Methods with North American Porcupines

$500 Awarded to Tim Bean, Assistant Professor of Wildlife at HSU in 2014

Assistant Professor of Wildlife at HSU, Tim Bean tested various diet preferences of the Zoo’s porcupine resident “Dorsie”, and also observed her reaction to wood samples of local tree species, to determine which ones she selected to chew. This data was then applied to field testing for the presence of wild porcupines in various locations in Humboldt County. This will help refine porcupine populations studies, a species whose decline in the past few decades has not been studied.