If you’ve been smelling skunks lately, you’re not alone. These white-striped critters (Mephitis mephitis) have been semi-dormant during the winter living in holes beneath porches and decks. They’re usually nocturnal. But in February and March they really wake up because it’s time to find a mate. By April there will be little ones running around.
Watch the Skunk Cam here!
Skunks are part of the amazing Mustelidae family that includes weasels, ferrets, otters, and badgers. They are mammals and opportunistic eaters– whatever is easily available. Licensed wildlife experts can remove them (for a fee) using traps like those in the video and then relocate them to a much better habitat than your property.
Skunks can carry diseases such as rabies so it’s best to stay clear of them and call in the experts if you want to remove them.
Photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation