Scent of Love Spices the Air: Romancing the Skunk

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Courtship is well underway for Mephitis mephitis, the often maligned striped skunk. That means the scent of love is in the night air. Romance for the skunk is a simple affair: wander about under the cover of darkness and search for a suitable mate. Yet, during these nocturnal searches, as winter slowly wanes, skunks may encounter other critters of the night: raccoons, coyotes, fox, cats and dogs. If these creatures do not give the hormonal-driven skunk, with a mission of mating on its mind, a wide berth, the skunk swings into defensive mode. First comes a warning: the front paws pound up and down. Perhaps that message serves to say, “Do you remember me from last time?”

A skunk  captured under a deck in a live trap presents a removal challenge for the homeowner.

A skunk captured under a deck in a live trap presents a removal challenge for the homeowner.

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