I get asked what skunk dens look like. Here is some pictures of a skunk den site in a retaining wall. I ended up catching four skunks out of this den before closing off the hole. This entrance is a lot bigger than a normal den entrance, the typical den entrance is slightly larger than a softball.
These pictures where taken during the breeding season, normally there would be less sign than pictured here. You can see how well used the trails leading away from this den are. If the skunks were not removed June-August time frame the home owner would start seeing kits out at all times even during daylight. The young skunks can spray at this time typically they spray more readily than the adult skunks. The young skunks spray is not as potent as the adults, but can still pack a punch.
I occasionally will catch raccoons, opossums and woodchucks (ground hogs) along with the skunks out of den sites like this. It is possible to have many types of animals coexisting in a one spot, happens most often with woodchucks. Woodchuck dens tend to have many chambers and attract a variety of critters.
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Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low
Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say
February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, email@example.com, The Hartford Courant
Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.
Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.
I found this while browsing the local news. I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick. The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon. I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon. I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon. Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin. It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second.
RF Wildlife recently responded to a call in Essex CT the home owner had a squirrel running around the living room. We chased out the squirrel that was hiding under the armchair. Upon further inspection we noticed the door to the attic ajar. The squirrel had a nest in the corner of the attic. Bat droppings or guano was also found in the attic. A squirrel chewed a hole in the louver vent and screen allowing access for the bats also. After making sure no other squirrels were still in the home we removed the nest. We then installed a one way door device (bat cone) over the hole and seal the rest of the vent with hardware cloth.
closer view of wire chewed by squirrels
Wiring had been chewed by the squirrels causing a fire hazard. Even though this homeowner lived in a well maintained home squirrels do not discriminate. If you are hearing noises in your attic , please do not hesitate, call a professional. Animals can and will cause major damage once they have access into your home.
It is that time of year again, Skunk breeding season is in full swing in CT. Our first Nuisance complaints started Valentines day. The typical call is for the skunk spraying under the house. Many of the people noticed the trails leading under the deck or house in the snow, but waited. We get the call after the home owners wake up in the middle of the night eyes burning, difficulty breathing from the potent spray. The skunk smell can linger for weeks or months.
Skunks will hold up for a few days when the weather gets bad, but they do not hibernate like groundhogs. Storms like the blizzard we have just experienced do not hinder the skunks much. Now is a good time to walk around your property looking for trails in the snow. Skunks trails will always lead to a hole of some sort. Skunks will move under sheds, crawl spaces and decks. Do not make the mistake in assuming that a woodchuck is the only resident under your shed. I find many times skunks living in the same hole as a woodchuck.
Skunks do not need a lot of room to get under something, they may look big but that is mostly fur. Spaces under three inches high and four inches wide is more than enough room for a skunk to fit.
Bird feeders are a favorite source of food for the skunks this time of year especially. Raccoons will also visit bird feeders for an easy meal. Skunks will have multiple den sites normally, and will visit them regularly in our area I find the time between visits average seven to eight days. I am happy to answer any questions just use the contact form or give me a call.
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