(Mephitis mephitis). Patient Number 20-0410.
Date of admission: June 6th, 2020.
Reason for admission: Orphaned.
Easily one of the most recognizable mammal species in North America, the appearance of a striped skunk is often met with anxiety and fear. Originally, skunks lived almost exclusively in rural grassland and woodland habitats across much of Canada and the United States.
Skunks are omnivores, meaning that they will feed on both plant and animal material. During the summer months, skunks will feed heavily on insects and small rodents such as mice and voles. They will also feed on berries, roots, grasses, and nuts. In urban environments, skunks are often attracted to human garbage, which provides an easy and plentiful food source.
Skunks are most active during the dawn and dusk hours. During the day they rest in underground burrows. Always resourceful, skunks will take advantage of easily accessible urban shelters. Homeowners are discovering, for years, skunks that have been living under their backyard deck, or in a hole under their front steps. Along with her four siblings, this striped skunk kit (baby) was brought to AIWC after their mother had been trapped and relocated. Sadly, all too often skunks are relocated due to being perceived as “pests”.
This skunk kit was fed a specialized formula for the first few weeks of her stay at AIWC, to ensure she got the right nutrition for proper development. Once she was old enough, she was returned to the wild with her siblings. Thank you for helping us to keep her forever wild!