Friday, July 29, 2016

Spotted skunk families in Alabama

University of West Georgia grad student Cody Cornelison is adding to the list of researchers lucky enough to get spotted skunk families on film this summer.  These little guys look hungry for sardines.


Cody said that the mom investigate the trap site in Cheaha State Park in Alabama, then left for an hour only to return with 2 kits.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Spotted skunk families in South Carolina

Robin Eng is following several radio-collared female spotted skunks around this summer in the South Carolina/North Carolina boarder region, and the young are just now getting old enough to come out of the den and follow Mom around.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Spotted skunk kits in Florida

Clemson University graduate student Stephen Harris has also had success in capturing game cam footage of spotted skunk kits near their den in the prairies of Florida.  What a year for learning about spotted skunk litter rearing!

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A few weeks later and kits are starting emerge and explore around their den, although on shaking footing.

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Better yet, we see the signs of early play and attempts at hand stands, the classic display pose of the spotted skunk.  


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It took some practice, but now the little guy is getting it.


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spotted skunk kits in Virginia

Not to be outdone by Chuck in West Virginia, Emily Thorne has captured a family of spotted skunks on film in Virginia.  

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Spotted skunk kits in West Virginia

Skunk tracker Chuck Waggy has remote cameras on his female eastern spotted skunk in West Virginia, with up to 4 kits coming above ground this time of year.  Besides being super cute, this is all new information as we learn more about the timing of litter rearing and litter rearing behavior by this species.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Reporting a sighting has gotten even easier

Nick Sharpe has helped set up an iNaturalist account for spotted skunks that can be used to report sightings.  iNaturalist can be downloaded as an app for a smartphone, making the reporting of a sighting quick and easy.

We look forward to seeing where these little critters pop up next!