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F THERE'S ONE THING that's blackand-white about striped skunks in
Penn's Woods it's the respect most other
species give them.
Maybe that's intuitive, given how
skunks respond to trouble and antagonists. But most every day, from spring
through fall, skunks go off somewhere.
Their musky spray confirms that.
So, if wildlife knows better, who's
upsetting skunks?
It doesn't take much thought, really.
It's man's best friends. Feral or friendly,
house cats and dogs challenge skunks
for territory, or denning quarters. They
get into feuds with skunks because they
often don't know better. And in those
skirmishes, skunks spray that obnoxious
secretion that generally repels wildlife.
Skunks also die by the thousands annually crossing roads. Slow-footed, they
don't have a chance on roads with speed
limits over 30 mph. And where every

skunk dies, it usually posts an olfactory
notice of its passage.
Skunks generally seem to go about
their nightly routines without much disturbance. They have long claws on their
front paws for digging, and if they get
going in a yard where grubs, beetles or
other invertebrates can be found, they'll
make a mess flipping over the turf. They
also eat small mammals, ground-nesting
bird eggs and fruit. And they won't turn up
their noses at roadkills. How could they?
Skunks seem best suited in rural
backyards, farmlands and small towns.
They're not denizens of big woods. Staying close to civilization, the skunk's chief
wild predator is the great horned owl, and
an occasionally desperate coyote or fox.
Although many critters might be willing
to take a taste of a road-killed skunk, few
actively hunt them.
The skunk's black-and-white coloration often brings about feelings similar

Jacob Dingel

BY JOE KOSACK

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