Skunks

skunk © Marj Rines, Mass Audubon

With their bold black and white patterning, bushy tails and wobbly gaits, skunks are easy to recognize. Of course, it’s often their smell that precedes them! Five species of skunks live in the United States, but only the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis nigra) occurs in New England. Learn More

Skunks will make their dens under porches, decks, and sheds, and this can pose a problem for homeowners. If you have a problem skunk, there are several humane methods for eradicating it from the home or garden. Learn More

Skunks use their spray as a defense mechanism when trapped or pursued. Given the opportunity, however, they would prefer to walk away from danger and spray only as a last resort. If you or a pet has been sprayed, there are several options to remove the smell. Learn More