Skunks are nocturnal mammals that eat mostly insects, but can also be found eating fruit, nuts, small animals, eggs, carrion, and even garbage. They give birth to litters of two to ten each spring. Skunks are famous for their primary defense system. When threatened, they release a foul-smelling fluid from their anal glands. Skunks are very near-sighted and because of this, they are prone to getting themselves stuck (in window wells, containers, etc.).
Unfortunately, skunks are a rabies vector species, so we cannot accept them at City Wildlife.
If you see a skunk out during the day, that does not mean that it is sick. If it is circling, injured, or very aggressive, contact DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664.
If you repeatedly see a baby skunk by itself, it has likely lost its mother. Contact DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664.