Striped Skunk – 6/30/22

Observer: Michael Bissanti

Observation Date: 6/30/22

Observation Time: morning

Observation Location: Moose Hill St.

Common Name: Striped Skunk

Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis

Comments:  The little skunks in the attached video were a riot!  Not shy at all, they would wander right onto our patio and didn’t seem to be bothered by our being there.  I did some research and learned young skunks don’t spray, so I took a chance and scooped them into the bucket…the tails went up but no smell…my lucky day.

The skunk family is composed of four genera (Mephitis, Conepatus, Spilogale, and Mydaus) and 12 species, 10 of which are found in the Western Hemisphere. Primarily nocturnal, skunks are a diverse group of carnivores that live in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, forests, and mountains. Skunks are also known as polecats.

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