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Traits: Mammal with large front teeth for gnawing, short legs; back and tail covered with quills

Habitat: Conifer forests that include large hollow trees or small caves under rocks or logs for denning

Foods: Green vegetation in spring and summer, the inner bark (cambium) of spruce and birch trees in winter

Eaten by: Lynx, coyotes, wolves, wolverine, some bears

Do You Know? The wounds this animal inflicts on tree bark allow various microscopic parasites to enter trees.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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