Do skunks hibernate?

by | Wildlife Fact Sheets |

As the cold weather settles in, you may think you’re in the clear for seeing skunks. But do skunks hibernate?

Truth is, skunks don’t hibernate and therefore can be very active in the winter at almost any time of day.

A skunk life in winter

Though skunks don’t hibernate, they can burrow in their dens during especially cold spells. This means you would see them most before and after long periods of snow cover.

Late winter is also mating season for skunks and they have their young usually in May or June.

Stopping skunks from making a den on your property

Our Fact sheet about living with wildlife has some great information on skunks! Check out a snippet here:

When dealing with skunks, noise and light are highly effective deterrent measures. Female skunks select den sites that are quiet and dark because they offer her a sense of security for her young. Therefore introducing noise and light to the site will encourage her to seek an alternate den site. Place a battery-powered radio tuned to an all-talk station near the den. You can also place a battery-powered light shining towards the den, and go out several times a day and make noise. These methods will disturb the skunk and make her feel less secure and more likely to move out.

The most effective exclusion technique is the installation of an L-shaped galvanized screen around the perimeter of the porch or shed but leaving the entrance/exit hole open. To do this dig a one inch deep by one inch wide trench around the perimeter and place the screen in the trench to form a backwards ‘L’. The base of the ‘L’ should be at least eight inches wide. Fit the screen tightly against the building then fill the trench in with dirt.

Read the full fact sheet here.

If you see skunks or any wildlife while out with your pet, avoid contact and go the other direction.


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