Striped Skunks were introduced to Prince Edward Island at the turn of the Century when the fur trade was booming in Canada. Due to major price deflation most of the skunks were released from the farms, and in turn began to flourish rapidly throughout the province.
Wild Island Pest Management uses humane traps and trapping methods when removal is required.
More Skunk Facts
Skunks are omnivores with a main diet of Crickets, Beetles, Worms, Grubs, Amphibians, and small rodents.
Breeding season begins in March, and litter sizes vary from 5-12 kits in a single litter. Be aware that once young Skunks begin to walk, they have full capability to spray, although usually less potent until they begin to mature.
Skunks are most active during the night, they have poor eyesight and depend on smell and vibration when hunting or detecting prey.
With very few predators in the wild, Owls being the primary predator due to them also being nocturnal hunters and their poor sense of smell.
Skunks spray is excreted through scent glands. When threatened a Skunk will display its aggression by charging, stomping its front paws and of course releasing its foul musty odor.
They can spray up to 10 feet down range and can spray multiple times in succession.