Wood Kitty, Pole Cat, American Sable, Pepé Le Pew,
Best Known For
Odor, lawn grubbing and distinct coloration. Considered
to have poor eyesight and depth perception. Very good
nose. Excellent digger.
1 to 4 years.
February / March…The smell of love is in the air!
After a 60 day gestation period 2 to 8 young are born in
a litter. One litter per year. Young emerge from the den
in late May.
Males – August to September. Females – Many stay with
the mother until breeding season the following February.
You could have a harem on your property!
Habitat & Den
Sites Edge animals. Fence lines, shrub lines, backyards.
Denning can occur under any cover including your decks,
sheds, crawlspaces, woodpiles and slabs. They will
utilize abandoned groundhogs year-round; and in the
winter will share the groundhog’s den system while the
groundhog is hibernating.
Nocturnal. Not a true hibernator. Will remain dormant
for short periods of time throughout the winter when
weather is harsh. Can lose up to half their body weight.
Not uncommon to see out on overcast days.
Insects, beetles, vegetable
matter, fruit, eggs, garbage,
bird seed, grubs, human snack
foods. Just about ANYTHING.
Yard grubbing that appears as cone shaped holes
approximately 2 inches deep; unlike raccoons that also
grub, but instead rip and tear sod apart. Skunks dig
very precise holes. Damaged turf and your stinky dog!
Trapping. Remove housing
“attractions” including areas
under decks, sheds, sun porches,
etc (see Ground Level Exclusion
tab). Do not leave cat or dog
food dishes out after dark. Fill
in any abandoned groundhog holes
and cover window wells.
Uncovered window wells are a
superb skunk trap. Skunks travel
along the edges of houses and
readily fall into these “pits”
and cannot climb out. So, unless
you are trapping skunks via
window wells – cover them –
especially when building a deck
overtop. Do not deposit waste in
compost piles. Treat yard for
grubs before skunks find your
yard! Odor Treatment Recipe: Mix
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
with ¼ cup of baking soda and a
squirt of liquid dish detergent.
Use immediately after mixing.
Sponge and hand massage affected
areas. DO NOT store the mix.
Care should always be taken when
using, especially when used
around eyes and mucous
membranes. It’s up to you to be
Distinct black with white head
patch and striping down the
back. Stripe length varies
greatly. Strong heavy claws for
digging. Appears docile and
unaware of its surroundings. Oh!
Risk and Diseases
Skunks are high on the list of
rabies carriers. Disease is
often shared through common
feeding sites such as cat dishes
(spit swapping). Also
susceptible to distemper and
feline leukemia. Getting
sprayed. It is always a bad
thing when both ends are staring
at you! If trapping squirrels
and groundhogs set traps off at
dusk to avoid incidental skunk
captures. They can spray if they
cannot lift their tail, they
just prefer not to; just like
you preferring not to go #1 with
you pants still up! Skunks are
vey approachable, take your time
and talk softly. Stamping of
front feet is a warning sign –
so back off. Young skunks are
quick to use the “gun.” Older
skunks are “wiser” and often
will bluff / negotiate
themselves out of a bad
situation – just like people do!
If you encounter a skunk by
accident, be calm, stand still
and let them work on by you. If
you make sudden moves or loud
noises chances are you will be
taking off from work the next
day or be sent home early –