Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis

bio_skunkNot what we had in mind for the trap. The animal was released unharmed & without incident.

Skunks are omnivores, with voles listed among the mammals that they’ll eat. That is reason enough for us to value their presence, as long as they otherwise stay out of trouble. As omnivores, they do have the potential to be problematic, as well: They’ll eat berries, and they are capable of preying on chickens and eggs. Skunks are also potential carriers of rabies in Missouri. Fortunately, we have not yet experienced a situation with a problem skunk.