Skunks are mild-tempered, mostly nocturnal, and will defend themselves only when cornered or attacked. Even when other animals or people are in close proximity, skunks will ignore the intruders unless they are disturbed. Skunks are beneficial to farmers, gardeners, and landowners because they feed on large numbers of agricultural and garden pests. While young skunks are cute and kitten-like, they are wild animals and it is illegal to keep them as pets. Its fur is jet black except for two prominent white stripes running down its back. The striped skunk occurs throughout most lowland areas in Washington, preferring open fields, pastures, and croplands near brushy fencerows, rock outcroppings, and brushy draws.
Living with wildlife: Skunks | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
This web page was written by a student in Geography Biogeography and edited by the instructor, Barbara Holzman, PhD. All photos and maps are posted with specific copyright permission for the express use of education on these web pages. The students have tried to be as accurate as possible with the information provided and sources and references are cited at the end of each page. The front legs are slightly shorter than those in the rear. They have black fur with two white stripes running from the nose, up over the head, and straight down the back to the end of their tail. The two striped converge at the nose and tip of the tail.
The striped skunk Mephitis mephitis , Fig. Its fur is jet black except for two prominent white stripes running down its back. The striped skunk occurs throughout most of Maine. It prefers open fields, pastures and crop lands near brushy fence-rows, rock outcroppings and brushy runs.
When you get your new skunk baby, or even an older rescue, you should worm it by following the instructions on the box. A skunk can be perfectly white and be loaded with round worms. Round worms may NOT show up in a fecal test.