Skunks are one of the Prettiest Animal we have in America, The unmistakable Black and White color is easiliy identifiable to both adults and children alike, the famaous Peppe LaPew put the skunk on the map and have made children adore the stripped animal ever since.
One thing that the cartoon does not represent is the fact that the Skunk is the number two carrier of Rabies in the United States, followed closely by the Fox, The raccoon is the number one carrier in the US, this information is according to the HSUS website on Rabies. Skunks eat a variety of Grubs, Worms and other ground dwelling creature and fall into the catagory Carnovira or meat-eating animal. A full understanding of this complex animal should be had before trying to approach it or handle it.
Skunk Removal /Skunk Control
Onr Major Problem that exsists with animals and humans in the United States is Skunks and the Safe Removal of skunks from around your home. Skunks are generaly quiet, low profile creatures that are very secreative in nature. Usually only seen at night the skunk is one of the worlds most gentle creatures. Often refered to as "cat like" their actions, their size and their movements very much reseamble a cat. A skunk can be one of the nicest animals in the world to view from a distance, but if you try to approcah the animal, it will stomp its feet as a warning, then if the intruder does not back away a stream of musk oil will be either streamed or misted in your direction. A stream of skunk oil will be easily seen as it makes its impact on the target, seems like being sprayed with a watergun, as if you are misted, there will be no noticable stream come from the animal. You will just notice the foul smell that follows the foot stomp.To find a professional skunk control expert in your area go here!
Skunk Stink/Skunk Smell
The smell of the Skunk comes from the rear anal glands of the skunk, this is used as a a defensive measure The Muscles located next to the scent glands allow them to spray with a high degree of accuracy, as far as 7 to 15 feet. The smell aside, the spray can cause irritation and even temporary blindness and is sufficiently powerful to be detected by even an insensitive human nose anywhere up to a mile away. This is not an animal you want living around your home. This animal should be trapped and removed only by a professional, If you try to remove the skunk yourself, you have to ask the question, Once I catch the Skunk, what am I going to do with it?
This is a very common problem people have, they catch a skunk in their traps, then they are unable to approach the animal in fear of being sprayed. This whole process should be skipped and a professional with the right tools and equipment should handle the job from the start.
<-----Baby Skunk to the far Left
Adult Skunk at Bottom