Skunk Trapping and removal can be difficult and cost will vary depending on the time of year. In nuisance animal control skunk go through different parts in their life cycle which maybe billed differently. In the early part of winter time adults can den together in small or large groups depending. In late winter, mating season occurs in the months of February and March give or take. One or more males may and try to mate with a female until she is pregnant and will linger around her den site for a while. Male and Female skunk do not pair up to raise the young, Males will continue to find other females to mate with at least until mid April . The gestation period lasts around 59–77 days, with kits being born at about mid-May to early June. Litters generally consist of 2–12 kits. ( Removal) It is at this time when a decision will have to be made on whether to remove the female from the den or not. If you decide to want to remove the female skunk, the babies may have to be taken out by hand. That means digging under front concrete steps or removing decking and so on. The baby skunks eyes open after around three weeks, and are weaned after 42–56 days. So after around three weeks young skunk can be trapped or coxed out of their den to be captured.
Skunks are mostly nocturnal, and forage at night for a variety of foods. The are omnivores, eating both plant and animal matter, but really seem to prefer insects. They sleep during the day, usually in underground dens often dug by other animals. They do not fully hibernate, but activity is very low during the winter. The often communicate via scent marking, and males will often discharge during mating season. Skunks are well-known for their defensive tactic - when threatened, they will arch their back, lift the tail, and discharge a highly odorous liquid from special glands near the anus. This sulphurous compound is not only offensive to the nose, but it can cause temporary blindness in an attacker. Many animals avoid skunks due to this defensive tactic, and it's actually often birds like hawks and owls that prey on skunks, since these birds lack a sense of smell.
Skunks are common throughout most of the U.S., including Northern Illinois. Skunks can thrive in various habitats, but they prefer forest borders, wooded ravines, and fields with a good water supply nearby. Skunks like to feel protected, and while they can dig their own dens, they frequently burrow under existing buildings and rock or junk piles. In suburban areas, skunks are most often found under stoops, sheds, and decks where they can dig out dens. Their entry point is usually about the size of a softball.
In urban and suburban neighborhoods, skunk problems often occur in residences and abandoned buildings. Skunks tend to nest under porches and stoops and burrow under the sides of homes. Skunks can enter homes through very small holes, creating a nest once inside.
Like any unwanted animal, skunks create damage both during entry and after they’ve entered a home. When skunks dig under a stoop, the stoop will frequently begin to crack and collapse. This crumbling concrete is not only a fall hazard, but can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Because of their unpleasantly odoriferous glands, skunks present a problem unlike any other animal. The scent given off by a skunk can linger for weeks if not treated properly. It can also be very troublesome if sprayed on concrete foundation walls. Because concrete is porous, the scent can persist for an extremely long time and be very difficult to remove by homeowners who lack specialized knowledge.
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