We are sure you have been taught how horrible a loaded wild skunk is, we are here to break those myths! YES, they can and will spray, it is as a last resort. They WILL not merely run up to you and spray you! Spraying is their only means of protection, so if your dog is chasing it of course it will spray your dog, if you have it cornered it will spray you, BUT you or an animal has to threaten it FIRST. We have helped A LOT of wild skunks due to people killing their mothers, mothers got ran over, adults trapped and then people are afraid to release them from the trap due to fear of being sprayed etc... We put them in our vehicles, YES in the front or back seats of our personal vehicles to be released or cared for until they can make it on their own without ever being sprayed.
Skunks are a rabies vector species, that means they are considered more prone to have rabies than other wildlife. It does NOT mean they all have/carry rabies. Rabies is only contracted by saliva WHILE THEY ARE SHEDDING THE VIRUS (showing rabies symptoms). There has not been a positive rabies on a skunk in Indiana since 2004. Skunks do sometimes come out during the day, they also come out in the winter as skunks do not truly hibernate. Seeing a skunk out in the daytime or cold months only means they are hungry, NOT rabid!
Skunks do not have a permanent home. If one shows up at your home it will not stay long, it is passing through (unless it has kits, they will stay a couple of months to raise their young) then they will take their kits and move on. If they make a home on your property we ask you let them hang out for a couple weeks, remove all outside food sources if you want them to move on faster (cat food, dog food etc..) if that is not an option for you we will come get them FREE of charge and relocate them.
Indiana Skunk Rescue is a not for profit, all of our services are free of charge. Our goal is to help the skunks in need.
Donations for our rescue are appreciated but not mandatory for our service.
Always remember it is illegal to own a wild skunk or care for a wild skunk in the state of Indiana. As cute as they are and as much as you want to help them, please do not take it on yourself, please call us.
WINTERTIME AND SKUNKS!! It's that time of year! As winter approaches, skunks will begin spending more and more time in their dens. Yet unlike other animals, skunks do not go into true hibernation. Instead, they go into a state known as torpor. Similar to hibernating, animals in torpor have lower heart rates, breathe slower, and have a slightly lower body temperature. However, skunks in torpor do not sleep as deeply as hibernating species, and can easily wake themselves on milder winter days to go out and forage for food. If you see a skunk out in the Winter it does NOT mean they are sick. It merely means they woke up and are looking for food.
Skunks in neighborhoods will often dig their dens underneath structures, such as decks and sheds. While fall and winter may seem like a good time to block off holes in these areas, doing so while there is still a skunk in the den can be disastrous for the skunk's survival and will result in more money to fix the damage they will cause trying to escape. Its is best to make repairs like this in the summer time, when it is easier to monitor if the hole is currently in use or not. We would like for people to let them stay for the Winter since they will be sleeping for the most part, they have their den, food and water source found to survive the Winter. If they are relocated now it is a death sentence for them. They do not have time this late in the year to build a den, find a food and water source to make it though the Winter.
WE WILL NOT RELOCATE A SKUNK OCTOBER 14TH THROUGH APRIL 1ST. We will help you anyway that we can, but I will not come relocate them. Winter is hard enough on them without being trapped and relocated in the freezing cold with no home, no food, no water. It would be like picking you up and dropping you off in the ocean and wishing you the best of luck on finding land. They will be sleeping most of the time and should not be a bother to you. If I do that I might as well kill them at your house and I can't do that.
If you have any questions or concerns about domestic or wild skunks, please call Julie at 317-273-9288 or Rachel at 248-342-9099 at Indiana Skunk Rescue for more information. Never any judgment we are here to help not scold.