shhh, the porcupine whisperer speaks!
this thing was a beggar, waiting for people to give it food. porcupines become aggressive beggars at cottonwood canyon resorts once they are fed, climbing up people's legs and following kids around waiting for a handout. this is the second porcupine i've seen in as many days, yesterday at a trailhead i saw some folks from an unnamed resort transporting a massive porcupine in a trashcan (the one in the image is tiny) because it became too habituated and was starting to destroy the building siding!
you can understand why they do this after you've seen them labor through the deep snow and eat bark off the trees, their main diet in the winter- human supplied food is that much easier.
anyway, this little one wasn't hurt, just herded off the slopes... talked trash the entire time the patroller was moving it off!