Skunks are house cat-sized mammals native to North America. There are several types of skunks. The striped skunk is the most common, found in nearly all of the continental United States and the southern half of Canada. It is mostly black with white on top of the head and neck and extending down the back, usually separating into two white stripes. Spotted skunks are the second most common, ranging from the southeastern U.S. to the northwestern Midwest and slightly west of the Mississippi River. Spotted skunks are smaller and black with white spots or short white streaks.
Skunks inhabit a variety of habitats including old fields, pastures, and woodland edges in rural and urban areas. They are nocturnal and become seasonally dormant in winter. They den in thick brush piles, and under decks and porches. Mating takes place during late February and early March, and an average of six blind and helpless young are born between late April to mid June in Colorado. About seven weeks later, the young begin to venture out with the female and are able to spray musk but not very accurately like an adult skunk that can hit a bulls eye at a distance up to 15 feet. Young skunks usually disperse during the fall of their first year.
Skunks are omnivorous but especially fond of insects, earthworms, small amphibians, mushrooms, small mammals, as well as fruits and nuts when seasonally available. They also will eat pet food and garbage if readily available. Skunks may damage lawns when they dig for grubs and insect larvae. When frightened or attacked by pets and predators they will spray them as a defensive reaction, when interacting with other skunks, or when dying, they discharge a pungent spray that is nauseating to many,we provide skunk deodorizing in areas where they have sprayed to mitigate the smell.
Any skunks observed behaving abnormally or sickly should be avoided. The following symptoms may indicate the presence of rabies or other neurological diseases in mammals: disorientation, impaired movement, paralysis or lack of coordination, unprovoked aggression, strange vocalizations, excess salivation, and unusually friendly behavior. If you see this behavior call Elite Animal Control or your local animal control officer. officer
Elite Animal Control LLC specializes in nuisance Skunk removal around homes and businesses in Aurora,Denver metro area