Skunks are pretty hard to miss identify with their black and white colouring and large puffy tail, but even if you were visually impaired you would be able to smell them coming with the musty odor they emit from their two anal glands. They are about the size of a house cat and can have many different colour patterns and variations. On rarer occasions you can find all white or all black individuals.
What do skunks like to eat?
Skunks are omnivores which means they will eat both plants and other animals. Their diet includes insects, grubs, mice, frogs, snakes, carrion, seeds, fruit, berries, mushrooms, nestlings, bird eggs and if they have access to garbage they will forage through that as well…
Dangers of skunks
The skunk is one of the vector species that carries rabies. If you find a skunk acting friendly or very aggressive than it may be infected.. Stay away and call the Canadian food inspection agency.
The other downfall of the skunk is that if it gets agitated it may spray. It is the skunk’s defense mechanism, and they are capable of spraying multiple times at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.. They have pin point accuracy and if you get sprayed in the eyes it can cause severe burning and temporary blindness.
Skunks like to live in dens and can dig them themselves but they would prefer the easy way and take over an old den from another animal. When there are no natural sites available they will establish their dens beneath a house or garage, they can also get access by openings in porches, concrete steps and crawl spaces…
-To prevent the skunks from getting into these spaces you should assess the exterior around your home and garage to make sure there are no holes and areas to which they can crawl in. If you find holes you could affix hardware cloth over the holes and dig a 2 foot hole in the soil to extend the hardware cloth into the ground. Then backfill the hole with soil and rocks.. This prevents the skunk from digging a tunnel further underground and you won’t have to start from square one again.
-don’t place garbage to the curb at night, do it in the morning.
– Keep the ground around bird feeders clean.
– If you keep compost piles, make sure that the skunk can’t get access to them.