Facts and tips on trapping

Skunks are one of the most prevalent animals that can be seen in various parts of the United States. The only skunk species that is native to Ohio is the striped skunk, perhaps the most recognizable of the species. The state has laws against trapping and relocating in place to protect the animals. In Ohio, it is illegal to relocate a trapped skunk. Relocated wild animals oftentimes do not survive in their new surroundings. It is important to know the regulations in terms of what you can and cannot do with wild animals you may find on your property.

Skunks are often looked at as nuisance animals but are actually a very fascinating animal that is crucial to our ecosystem. Many people know that skunks carry a smelly substance that they spray when they feel threatened. This spray is stored in their anal glands and they carry enough to spray up to eight times. They need about a week to resupply after the oily substance is depleted. Another fact few people know about them is that skunks are immune to snake venom. So a bite from a snake is no problem for them.

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Helping Wildlife – Skunks

Skunks have a noxious-smelling spray that they use to defend themselves, but they can’t “re-load” quickly, so they will not spray unless they feel threatened.  Before spraying, they will stamp their front feet as a warning, giving you ample opportunity to back-off.

Skunks are extremely beneficial creatures, and their important ecological role is often overlooked due to the fear of being sprayed.  They provide free pest control by eating unwanted garden and home invaders, such as bugs, mice and baby rats. In Ohio it is illegal to relocate trapped skunks. Learn more

Summary: The only skunk species that is native to Ohio is the striped skunk, perhaps the most recognizable of the species. The state has laws against trapping and relocating in place to protect the animals.

Amazing Facts About Skunks

The oily liquid that skunks produce is used as a powerful predator-deterrent which causes no real damage to its victims.

Skunks have two anal glands that carry the spray material. These glands carry limited amount, enough to spray 5 to 8 times. Skunks spray sparingly as they sometimes need over a week to reload the glands. See more

Summary: Many people know that skunks carry a smelly substance that they spray when they feel threatened. This spray is stored in their anal glands and they carry enough to spray up to eight times. They need about a week to resupply after the oily substance is depleted.

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