Spring may be the traditional mating season for most species but skunks get started early and February is the month when these black and white critters come out of semi-hibernation and start to procreate.
For homeowners and commercial building owners in Connecticut this means be on the lookout for these potentially rabid and always stinky animals. When animals begin to mate they can display erratic behavior and do things they aren’t normally accustomed to. Since skunks have no real natural predators in the wild they tend to be indifferent to people and have no problem making themselves at home under your porch, in the basement or behind woodpiles.
Another hazard that occurs with skunk mating season is the increase in skunk sightings on roadways. Again, because skunks are rarely attacked by other animals they have a rather carefree attitude when it comes to headlights and oncoming cars and unless you want your car smelling like a skunk for weeks, be extra cautious when driving at night during February. Skunks are well known in the wild for their potent spray defense and it’s not unusual to see large animals such as grizzly bears and mountain lions pass on taking a shot at a skunk for fear of the retaliation that is in store. An unsuspecting car driver though may not even see a skunk until it’s too late.
If you notice an increasing presence of skunks around your home or office this time of year don’t be alarmed. It’s just nature taking its course. However, if you are concerned about rabid skunks and skunks rummaging about your attic, basement or storage sheds, contact Anderson Wildlife Control, LLC today for safe and effective skunk removal.