Can the Porcupine Return to Tennessee?

Many Tennesseans don’t know that this cutie pie, the American porcupine, once lived in our state. The American porcupine was once abundant in the mountains of East Tennessee, but they were completely eliminated from our state by people who regarded them as pests, mostly because of their tendency to seek out salt-treated woods that were historically used in log cabin construction.

Tennessee has a long, proud history of saving and reintroducing animals that were previously eliminated, or had become endangered, through the State Wildlife Action Plan. Although there are no immediate plans to reintroduce the American porcupine to its former range in Tennessee, our state might be home to porcupines again some day in the future.

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