In 2005, a survey concerning the abundance of porcupines, and a possible decline in numbers, was conducted through Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. At that time, it appeared that porcupine numbers had indeed declined throughout much of the province, although it remained unclear as to whether this decline was similar to that reported as naturally occurring for the species elsewhere in its range.

Ten years has passed since that initial survey, and I am now collecting similar information by which to draw comparisons. With this comparative information in hand, we will have a better understanding of whether the decline has continued, stabilized, or reversed itself. This work is being done as part of my undergraduate degree requirements at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. The results from this survey also may be incorporated into a scientific paper and/or presentation.

Please help me by completing this voluntary 5-minute survey.

To access the survey, simply click this link https://han29.typeform.com/to/Dh17rm

If that fails to work, you may copy and paste the survey link into the address bar of your Internet browser.

By completing this survey you are giving your consent to the usage of your answers in my graduating project. Your participation will be kept anonymous.

Please report on information only applicable to yourself and only respond to the survey once.

If you know any one else that may have input regarding porcupines, please forward them a copy of this email. I may be contacted at porcupines@tru.ca for more information or a paper copy of the survey. Please also email me if you would like to request a copy of the final report.

Thank you kindly for your time and cooperation.

Hannah Butcher

Fourth Year Natural Resource Science Student,

Thompson Rivers University

This project is being done in conjunction with Dr. Karl Larsen of TRU, the Conservation Data Centre of British Columbia, and the BC Ministry of Environment.