We usually have at least one porcupine whom finds our yard each winter and can't resist the tasty Silver Leaf Willow trees. If we allow the porcupine to feast it eventually kills the trees. It does not take too long for the rodents to do enough damage that it permanently affects the trees. Lost an ornamental Crabapple last winter.
Pat is using a long piece of wood to get the porcupine out of the willow tree. They are very stubborn and not intimidated by humans, so it took a lot of coaxing to get it out of the tree and out in the open.
Finally, it had had enough and started walking away from the area. We then placed a barrel over it, (thankfully they can't run too quickly) and tilted the barrel on an angle and pushed the porcupine in the barrel with the piece of wood. All this time Max (our dog) was barking in a very high pitch and darting around. He was very excited, but did not try to get too close. Maybe he had an encounter with one before.
Success!!!! We had captured the rodent without harming it and there was no way it was able to climb up the smooth sides of the barrel. We loaded the barrel onto the back of the truck and Pat relocated him several miles away.
Until the next one.......