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The Striped Skunk is the only species of skunk found in New York. They are more commonly found in upstate New York but have begun being seen more frequently on Long Island in recent years. Skunks are about the size of a house cat and can be found living almost anywhere food and shelter are available. Their adaptable nature has made living in urban and suburban areas fairly easy for them. Skunks are omnivores eating plant and animal matter but most commonly dine on small insects like beetles, grasshoppers, grubs, and worms.

Did you Know?

Skunks are most known for their smelly spray. However, this is usually the last line of defense when a skunk feels threatened. When a skunk first encounters a threat it will spit, growl, stomp the ground, fluff up its fur, and shake its tail. If these do not deter the predator then it will resort to spraying.

Coexisting with Skunks

Skunks are an important part of our environment, here are some ways to coexist with them

  • Use animal-proof trash cans like these

  • Seal up any entrances to basements and window wells

  • Keep shed and garage doors shut

  • Do not leave any human or animal food out overnight

  • Use fencing or electronic repellents like these to keep skunks off your property 

Volunteers for WIldlife is not licensed to care for skunks. You can contact our hospital about a sick or injured skunk and we will provide you with the appropriate resources.

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