The skunk defends itself against its predators even if it is in quarrel with lynx, coyotes and foxes, eagles and owls are also their enemies.
In Quebec, skunks can hibernate until the end of March, depending on the severity of winter.
When threatened, the skunk (also known as a ferret)throws a very smelly liquid, watering those that cause it. This fluid can cause nausea and headache and transient blindness. This yellowish or greenish liquid is projected through the channels of its glands.
The range of its liquid can vary but can reach about five meters, but the smell is felt several meters away.
Be careful about a skunk
If you want to come face to face with a skunk, first stay calm and try not to frighten it.
Pull out gently and take another path, she will try to move away. But if she gets scared and if the escape is not possible, she will warn you by raising her tail and tapping forelegs to keep you away.
If this audible warning has no effect, it raises its back and pretends to attack. Right away, she’ll scratch the floor with her front paws.
It is very important to take into account these signs, these are warnings.
Every time she ejects her liquid it causes her an evil and gives her irritations and burns that’s why she warned, she prefers not to have to use her defense.
The skunk is very precise for its defensive jet it positions itself “in U” and fires.
The unpleasant smell of his liquid may last up to two weeks.
The exterminator does not kill skunks, he cages them before release them to their natural environment or reserves as part of integrity management and animal welfare programs.