Great Post Dizzy I have your same feelins but some times we need to fix the problem .This I understand..done it many a time.
As I've said; sometimes the thing that we have to do is the last thing in the world we want to do. After taking so many animal lives I began to ask myself, before I pulled the trigger, if there was any other workable solution that did not involve terminating a life.
Pepper: I've always considered a porcupine as a go-to survival food for those lost in the woods. They're slow, if put on their back are quite easy to kill, and are a great source of meat protein. For that reason I've always left them alone.
Did have to release a couple from very strong #2 coil spring traps, and it absolutely no picnic. Damn things haven't got enough neck to get a snare pole around, and if ya give them a chance they'll slap the schnitz out of you with those tail spines. It was a dogfight, but in the end they waddled away...pissed off, but seemingly unharmed.