Skunk

Skunk

Skunk-Mephitidae

Size-Five to eight pounds   /  Shape-Oblong body with long bushy tail  /  Legs-4    Color- Black body with white(also gray or off white)

Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The most common skunk in Alberta is the Striped Skunk.  They will live in residential Calgary areas, forests, fields, and any mixture of the above. They create their own dens with their strong front legs and claws but are also opportunistic, using the area under decks and stairs as well. The defense mechanism for a skunk is where the trouble lies. When surprised or threatened the skunk releases a small amount of liquid through their anal glands.  The spray can shoot nearly ten feet and is extremely hard to remove carrying a distinctively unpleasant odor. If that weren’t enough, the skunk is also the major carrier of rabies in many parts of Alberta, though few of them carry rabies in this region. They often fall into window wells due to their poor vision.