Facts and information about skunks

Skunks are one of the most abundant animals throughout the United States. They can be found in every county in Ohio, however, they are mostly located in rural areas. They are rarely seen in urban locations, so run-ins with the furry little creatures are fairly rare. Skunks are known for the ability to release a foul-smelling odor if they feel threatened and can spray with amazing accuracy from up to 15 feet away.

The Humane Society of America release information on what to do should you run into a skunk in the wild or in your back yard. Getting sprayed by a skunk is rare, however, if you do get sprayed the smell can be overpowering and cause discomfort if the substance should get into your eyes. Skunks use their powerful defense only when they or their young are threatened and cannot escape. Even then, they give ample warning signs, stamping front feet, a raised tail, hissing, short forward charges and twisting their backside around towards you.

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Skunk Information

Skunks are known to everyone by sight, smell, and reputation. They are found in every county of Ohio as well as throughout the United States. Pioneers found the striped skunk when they came to Ohio, although skunk numbers are far greater now. Skunks are most abundant in rural Ohio where there are farms with fencerows, forest edges and old fields. They are also found in urban areas. Skunks are known for their ability to spray musk when threatened. They can spray with great accuracy up to 15 feet. Read more..

Credit: Ohio DNR (Map shows distribution of skunks throughout Ohio)

Summary: Skunks are an abundant species throughout the United States. They are found in every county in Ohio, however, they are most abundant in rural areas and are rarely seen in urban areas. Skunks are generally harmless but will use their pungent spray as a defense if they feel threatened.

What to do about skunks

Skunks, easily identifiable by their characteristic black and white striping, are infamous for producing a foul odor when frightened. Although a skunk’s spray is known mostly for its robust smell, it can also cause intense discomfort if it gets into a person or animal’s eyes.

Fortunately, these mild-mannered creatures rarely use this potent defense, and provide quite a few benefits to the areas they inhabit.

In cases where eviction is necessary, a few mild harassment and deterrence techniques can help you humanely remove skunks while escaping smell-free. See more..

Summary: Run-ins with skunks are, thankfully, fairly rare. You are more likely to smell a skunk than to actually see one. If you should happen to encounter one, if they feel threatened, they may hit you with their odorous spray, which can cause discomfort if it gets into your eyes.


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