Conservation status

Many of the South American species are rarely seen, but that may be due in part to surveying difficulties presented by geographic distribution combined with their nocturnal and arboreal habits. Some, however, appear to have undergone population declines, although none of the New World porcupines is listed by the IUCN as threatened. The thin-spined porcupine, for example, has experienced a severe habitat reduction due to forest clearing, and was thought to have become extinct in the mid 1900s, until an individual was discovered in 1986.

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