Erethizon dorsatum epixanthum


May 3, 1805

"I walked out a little distance and met with 2 porcupines which were feeding on the young willow which grow in great abundance on all the sandbars; this anamal is exceedingly clumsy and not very watchfull.  I approached so near one of them before it perceived me that I touched it with my espontoon."— Meriwether Lewis

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