Porcupines are often seen in our area. Most of the time you will spot them dining in the trees. On the ground they lumber quite slowly, but they can shimmy up a tree in a hurry. The names translate back to thorny pig.
When a porcupine feels threatened it tenses up and swats the attacker with his tails. The quills are sharp and very painful. It is not a good idea to get to close. A fully grown porcupine has about 30,000 quills on it’s body. It is covered with a soft fur and quills poke out from there.
If there is a dog and a porcupine in the neighborhood the porcupine is typically the winner of the battle.