Many Muskoka residents can have problems with skunks in and around their home or cottage. They can do quite a bit of damage to property. It is always safer to contact a trained expert rather than attempt to handle wild animals such as the skunk without the proper knowledge or assistance. The local wildlife control experts at Muskoka Pest Control can help! Call or email us to arrange a consultation with one of our wildlife professionals.
About the Skunk
The skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is a member of the weasel family (Mustelids). Skunks are cat-sized and displays a pair of white stripes on its back. The white pattern can vary considerably among individuals. Both the male and the female skunk have a musk gland on each side of the anal vent. To defend itself against disturbance, skunks have the ability to dispel a stream of foul-smelling liquid at adversaries. The stream of spray may travel 4 m or 13 Ft., and can go as far as 7 m or 22 Ft. under favourable wind conditions. The skunk’s aim is usually accurate to within 2 m or 6 Ft.
Skunks prefer open countryside with fields and hedgerows. Not usually found in dense forest areas, but are tolerant of urban activity and can live in cities and towns. Skunk dens are usually found in rock piles and groundhog holes, and underneath buildings and porches. An identifying feature of the skunk dens is the entrance hole, which is often partly covered by grass, leaves or debris. Skunks are the principal carriers of the rabies disease and account for 20% of all rabies cases in Ontario.
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