The crested porcupine is considered an agricultural pest and is illegally controlled with poison baits because of the damage it may cause to crops and fields.
In parts of its range, the crested porcupine is considered an agricultural pest species because it causes damage to crops and fields by gnawing the bark of plantation rubber trees and eating corn, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cassava, and young cotton plants.
The crested porcupine is sometimes illegally controlled with poison baits and killed because of the damage it may do to crops, a practice which continues. However, at present this is not thought to be a major threat to the survival of the species.
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• Sources | (Amori & De Smet, 2016; Macdonald & Barrett, 1993; McPhee, 2003; Nowak, 1999)
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