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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Oct 5, 2006
This is hilarious and totally insane. Rubber eating porcupines!
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Nov 21, 2006
Brings back some memories....
By andrew kulmatiski
From: logan, ut
Apr 4, 2007
How does that work?
By C Miller
From: CA
Apr 4, 2007
It keeps the porcupines from eating the underside of your car while you're out climbing.
By Jeremy Monahan
From: Fort Fun, CO
Apr 5, 2007
By Rick Shull
From: Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Apr 5, 2007
They go after the propylene glycol by chewing through your radiator hoses. Kills 'em dead, not to mention it's a long way to the parts store. Propylene glycol is super sweet and is a main ingredient in Grape flavor soda- yummy!!
By Buff Johnson
Apr 5, 2007
How does the wood actually deter them from getting under the car?

(Doh! chicken wire)
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 5, 2007
Mark, check the photo at full resolution. It is not the wood stopping the porcupines, but the chicken wire! The wood just holds the chicken wire in place.

Why is it that only in the Bugaboos have porcupines figured this out? Are we soon going to have to do this everywhere? Also, I think it is ethylene glycol that is in antifreeze.
By Rick Shull
From: Arcata, CA & Dyer,NV
Apr 5, 2007
You are correct George. Ethylene glycol is often the ingredient of anti-freeze. Many newer anti-freezes use propylene glycol because it is not as toxic especially when diluted. Still bad for the critters though.
By Mark Michaels
From: Draper, UT
May 26, 2007
Perhaps you could spray something on the tires and underside of the car that would repel the quilly little fuckers. Ammonia? WD-40? I think the government of Canada should solve this problem. They owe it to us Americans! I don't know why...but they do!
By KENtucky Spurling
From: Louisville, Ky
Jul 11, 2009
First i thought they could walk right up the wood into the fender wells but i guess its been takin care of... but that has to scratch the shit out of your cars, i see one person used looks like foil tape.
By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Sep 3, 2009
Oh my god, is that how many people go into the Bugs nowadays? I remember going in in 1994 and there wasn't a single other car in the lot. How times change!
By pauloBC
From: Vancouver
Aug 17, 2010
Its good for the chicken wire industry !
By Marc801 C
From: Sandy, Utah
Jul 8, 2014
It's not just the radiator hoses - they'll go after anything rubber: tires, brake lines, spark plug wires, et al.

George: hardly just in the Bugs. I've encountered the same at other trailheads in BC and Alberta as well as the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
By johnthethird
Oct 24, 2014
Its not porcupines, either, its snaffle hounds
By hanshan
From: Canada Mofuga
Nov 26, 2014
nope it is porkies in the parking lot and snafflehounds at applebee. Don't think its just an ol wives tale either- if you don't protect your vehicle they will get in there and shred
By Roots
From: Tustin, CA
Jun 23, 2015
Well you Canadians need to receive all our old tires (from U.S.), stack'em in the parking lot and let the little f'ers eat all they want...

We do have plenty of old tires in this country... : D
By Jordan Kahlbau
From: phoenix
Mar 13, 2016
1st gen 4runner, looks right at home :)
By Jim Corbett
Apr 4, 2017
We pulled into the lot in '89 and saw that most of the cars were wrapped in chicken wire. 'Hmmm..' sez we, 'there's something we should know.' While we were packing up a big fat porky waddles into the lot. I've had a poor relationship with porkies on the Long Trail and AT, where we developed the sport of porky bashing. Not as bad as it sounds, the quills pad them well, the only way you can actually damage them is to pop them square in the nose. So anyway, I chase it out and up the hill and dropped a rock on it to emphasize our lack of hospitality. The porky does the possum thing, rolled over and slid down the slope. I walk back to the truck, and literally 30 sec. later the porky rolls back up to walk away and a ranger comes off the trail. I'm sure I'm screwed for abusing the wildlife. The ranger walks up to the porky, pulls out his pistol, and pops a cap in him. Nuff said.
By grog m aka Greg McKee
Apr 8, 2017
Jim that is one of the funniest and best things I have ever read on MP.
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Porcupine barriers!

Submitted By: Steven Lucarelli on Oct 5, 2006
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