Specializing in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife in Colorado.
Skunks are one of the wildlife species inhabiting Douglas County that most residents never see. Skunks dig holes in lawns, eat garden produce, scatter improperly contained garbage, den under buildings, spray free-roaming, agressive pets, and leave an offensive (to some), characteristic odor when they have been around.
Like most potential wildlife conflicts, being aware of skunks and taking some proactive steps, you will likely help you to avoid an encounter.
Few people would consciously attract skunks to their home, but some homeowners’ habits may do just that. Make sure there are no spaces under the house, outbuildings, or woodpiles where skunks could den or seek shelter. Fence gardens to exclude skunks and don’t put any potential foods in a compost pile, even if securely fenced. Don’t feed pets or leave pet food bowls outside, even in a fenced yard. Skunks can dig. Fences should extend one to two feet below ground level. Keep garbage in cans in a garage or shed and don’t put trash out overnight for collection the next day. If you use bear-proof trash cans, garbage will be secure from skunks.
Overall, skunks are a very passive and friendly animal that will not spray you if not provoked. If you are not trying to harm them, they have no interest in them. If you maintain your domestic animal to keep them away from wildlife, everyone can be successful in cohabitating.