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AUSTIN, Tex. (CBS/KEYE) -- Porcupines are becoming an increasing problem for dogs and cats in and around Austin.

Zookeeper Matt Miklaw says porcupines go wherever the food is. He said, "They are going to be attracted to our garbage just like raccoons. That's why they come closer to people."

Although they spend most of their time in trees, if they come into contact with a pet, their quills can get in the way. Miklaw said, "The porcupine will back up into them and smack them with the tail. The quills have a tiny hook on them and that's why they stay imbedded in the skin."

A local vet says they have seen a couple of attacks so far this year.

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