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This is the text of Christine Okerlund talking about how she pulls quills out of a porcupine, recorded July 2, 1998 by Michael Kline in Washington, D.C.

Hunters will bring me porcupines, or if I see one on the side of the road, Iíll pick it up, grab it by the hind foot, and bring him home. Itís not my favorite thing to do, but it has to be done. So, Iím real happy when I see porcupine, especially a nice big one.

It takes me about an hour and a half to two hours to strip a porcupine clean. Iíll just put on a glove. Once I get a spot clear, itís really easy to pull big clumps of the quills off. Iíll just have him about stripped bare naked, and pretty soon Iíll have a pot full of porcupine quills.

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