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Skunks

Skunk Sighting

If you see a skunk out during the day, this is not unusual and do not assume it has rabies. It may be foraging for their young. Skunks are not usually aggressive but will spray if feel threatened. If you see a skunk behaving unusual such as aggressive, stumbling, falling, walking in circles, or salivating excessively, call us or animal control. 

Orphaned Skunks

If you see babies without mom for multiple days in a row then they most likely are orphaned and need help. We have learned that once they are seen without mom, they are in bad condition and need help as soon as possible. Babies can spray but do not do it often and mostly do a tiny "poof" out of fear. To get them in a box, approach extremely slowly. Skunks have poor eyesight so being slow is your friend. If they raise their tail, freeze. Then approach closer when they calm. Use thick towels and gloves to gently scoop them into a carrier or box, you can tuck their tails under to ensure they do not "poof". Please send us a photo of the babies at 980-389-1133.

 

Humane Eviction of Skunks

If you have a family of skunks, they will move on and disperse once they are grown. If you absolutely do not want them around, you can use multiple tools to get them to move on their own. Flashlights, radios, helium balloons, "repel-all" spray, cayenne pepper can all be used to naturally remove the skunks so they move to another location with their family. Please be kind to wildlife, they are running out of safe places to go. They do not want to be around us anymore than we want to be around them. Skunks are great caretakers of your yard and will help clean up carrion, snakes, rodents, bugs and yellowjacket nests.