Apparently this is a problem lots of places. When I was camping at Silver Bells Campground in the Maroon Bells this summer they had chicken wire available for each camp site. Apparently the porcupines are such a problem they had to resort to this. So every night we had to wrap the wire around the car. Now I wish I would have gotten a picture!
Yeah, and don't leave your boots unprotected either. A porcupine ate all the leather off my dad's hiking boots, which he had stowed just outside the tent while camped in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass wilderness. Porcupines are a pain!
...how do Porcupines taste? Decent eating? ;)
I know the frustration of the nibbling critters. We had a pack rat eat through wires, belts and hoses right outside of our cabin. Bad way to start the morning.
Wife: Inserts key to ignition to start truck...truck starts, but rocks violently side-to-side.
Husband: Hops out of truck yelling "pop the hood!"
Husband: Starts throwing stuff off of engine block including pinecones, aspen branches and...mushrooms. Husband yells (censored) WTF?
...and so on.
Better luck next time, thanks for sharing your story.