ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — A pair of dogs that found out about porcupine quills the hard way on top of Parkman Mountain Monday morning illustrates one of the reasons why pets need to be kept on leash, Rangers said.
According to reports, James Lyle, no listed age, of the Bahamas, hiked to the top of the mountain with his two dogs. They had been kept on leash, he told rangers, but he released the leads while picking blueberries at the summit.
“That is when the dogs discovered a nearby porcupine,” Chief Ranger Stuart West said.
A dog named Franny ended up with its muzzle, tongue, and gums covered in quills and was able to walk down the trail on her own. The other dog, Felix had similar injuries but also had quills in his paws and was unable to walk. He was carried off the mountain by park rangers. Rangers drove a pickup truck to the trail’s last crossing on a carriage road to shorten the distance rescuers needed to carry the dog.
‘We’ve seen it all – dogs getting ledged out on rocks, dogs running out into traffic, dogs getting tangled up with wildlife,” Ranger West said.
“These are just some of the reasons why park rangers ask pet owners to keep their dogs under control. All it takes is a split second, and before you know it, you’re headed to the vet.”
No charges were filed against the dog owner. “We figured the vet bill was enough,” Ranger West said.
Also on Monday, rangers were called to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to retrieve an apparent stray house cat. The animal was taken to the Acadia Veterinary Hospital.
Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an error. The female dog is named Franny.