Virus killing porcupines in Maine

Porcupines in Maine are contracting a deadly virus that wildlife experts say could pose a threat to the population. The Bangor Daily News reports that at least three porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) have died from skunk adenovirus 1 after five infected porcupines were taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Bar Harbor. The virus was first seen in a skunk in Canada in 2014 and has later been identified in other mammals, including foxes and raccoons.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is working with wildlife researchers, rehabilitators and trappers to study the virus.

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Header Image: Porcupines are a common sight in Maine, but biologists are worried about the spread of a deadly virus there that could harm the population. Credit: Nadya Peek