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PAGE B12 I Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Porcupines make comeback CHARLESTON (AP) - Por- cupines are re-establishing them- selves in West Virginia's northeast- em mountains, from Randolph to Berkeley counties. Sightings of the spiny rodent have been on the rise, though no studies have been con- ducted to assess their numbers. Of- ten, it's a hunter's dog retuming to its master with a snoot full of quills that reveals their return. The Charleston Sunday Gazette reports that until porcupines began tuming up in West Vuginia in re- cent years, the animals apparent- ly had been absent for more than a century and the start of wide-scale deforestation. "As best we can tell, they were here in some of our high- er-elevation forests, but gone about the time of early settlement" said Chris Ryan, a DNR wildlife biolo- gist based in Charleston Adult porcupines range from 2 to 3 feet in height and weigh between 12 and 35 pounds. Each has up to 30,000 quills across its body, ex- cept for its belly and a portion of its face.When attacked it will turn its back on an attacker, raise its quills and lash out with its tail. It does not toss its quills, as some believe. Por- cupines are good tree climbers and swimmers. They are vocal, too, making a variety of grunts, groans, coughs and wails. Its only natural predators are the mountain lion and the fisher. "They've been slowly creeping south from northem Pennsylvania for decades, but they haven't been seen in this state until fairly recent- ly" said Gene Thom, the Division of Natural Resomr, es wildlife biolo- gist who manages the West Vhginia Wildlife Center at French Creek. "I think they were first spotted in Hampshire County, and they've spread from there," Thom said. "We've had at least one sighting here in Upshur County." Allan J. Niederberger, assistant district wildlife biologist for the Di- vision of Natural Resources' District 1I, said porcupines have been in the state for at least a couple decades. "We saw the first couple killed on the road probably about 20 years ago" he said. People in Hamp- shire and Hardy counties walking through forested areas have report- ed seeing piles of bark shavings and manure pellets on the ground. That is evidence of porcupines living in, and dining on, trees. Out FROM PAGE Bll Wednesday, September 18, 2013 [ LIFE i New 2013 Kia Soul Stk#13612 Keyless Entry, Power Windows, Power Locks New 2013 Kia Rio IX Stk#13543 i Automatic Transmission, AM/FM/CD/Sirius Radio, Power. Windows, Power Locks, Cruise New 2014 Kia Forte IX Stk#13608 Automatic, Power Windows Power Locks, AM/FM/CD New 2013 Kia Optima IX Stk#13117 Power Windows. Power Locks, Keyless Entry, AM/FM/CD, Bluetooth ! New 2014 KIA Sorento IX AWD Stk#13588 Automatic, P W, PL, Keyless Entry, Blue{ooth, Sirius Radio, Heated Seats, Back up Camera, Fog Lights, and Back Up Sensors New 2014 Stk#13399 Power Windows. Power Locks, Power Doors, Keyless Entry, Bluetooth, AM/FM, Sunroof, Leather Only 1 left At This Pri ! *On Select In Stock Models. Parsons Kia and The Journal are not valid after purchase. See Dealer for Details. Prices include all with KMF 506 program. Prices do not include taxes, tags, freight, responsible for typographical owner loyalty o errors. Ad must be brought in prior to sale. Sale price not rebates and KIA financial incentives for qualified buyers $1500.00 cash down or trade equity. Free film: A free showing of the film, "'42: The Jackie Rob- inson Story," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Reynolds Hall. The movie, released earlier this year, stars Chadwick Boseman as the Brooklyn Dodgers' first baseman who broke the Major League's color barrier in 1947, with Harrison Ford as coach Branch Rickey. The showing is part of the Shepherdstown Com- munity Club's film festival and a free reception is planned at the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. in Shepherdstown before the movie. For more on the festival, call 304-876-3323. To learn more about the film, go online to 42movie.warnerbros. com. Anvil F.OM PAGE Bt0 involved in the production for several years and return to it out of a love of history. While most people familiar with Brown's story tend to see him as either a villain or a saint, "The Anvil" presents all sides of the story, according to Rico Massimino, who serves as the narrator in this year's production. For Doug Craze, who plays Brown's jailer, getting familiar with that history is part of the appeal. Craze has researched the ireal history of his character's life. Homer Speaker, a real- life lawyer who will play the prosecutor, agrees. "It's a great play," he says. "It happened here. It's real for us. It's part of who we are." I