The month of February and moving into early March is typically when winter and spring begin their slow transgressions here in Connecticut. Longer days and shorter nights and (usually) more mild temps are the norm. It’s also skunk mating season. Specifically, in this state, Eastern Striped Skunks are out in full force this time of year as they look for mates and places to birth their litters.
As male skunks venture out in search of a female counterpart they will release their distinct odor into the air and hope to attract a mate.
For residents of Connecticut, this also means being vigilant on the roadways as skunks could potentially be crossing the roads. Not to mention the odor they omit when tires run them over can be unbearable.
According to the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the gestation period lasts from 62-68 days and liters of around 6 skunks are birthed around April-June.
Ensure that you’re not giving skunks a welcome entry into your home and personal space to take up habitat for their families.
Places to look for skunks at your home:
- Garbage Cans
- Under Porches
- In your garage or basement
While skunks are nocturnal and spend the daytime sleeping in underground burrows, they can also find a comfortable place to take over like under your porch or house. All access points should be covered with wire fencing that’s at least one foot deep.
Sometimes skunks could also sneak into garages or basements of homes. While they could find their own way out, it’s best to contact a professional wildlife removal company to help with these situations.
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