- about the size of a housecat
- black fur and two broad white stripes running the length of the body; spotted skunks are black with white markings and about half the size of a housecat
- release odorous spray (distance of 8 – 15 feet) when disturbed or cornered
- build dens in brush piles, open irrigation pipes, storage areas, sheds, under structures, etc.
- solitary animals, except for mating and during winter
- most active at night
- wide range of plant and animal material including berries, fruits, vegetables, insects, small rodents, reptiles, eggs and young birds
- known carriers of diseases, such as rabies, and a variety of parasites
- may damage lawns and athletic fields by digging for food; leave bare patches and small cone-shaped holes
- odorous defensive spray
- Check local regulations for skunk management prior to control.
- Eliminate potential den sites and food sources outdoors.
- In buildings without concrete foundations, seal all holes with a fine wire mesh to prevent skunks from denning under the structure.
- If a skunk enters a structure, do not harass or disturb it. Leave exits open to allow it to leave on its own.
- Contact a professional to trap and remove the skunk.
Additional information: https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/NR_WD_03.pdf