A mother skunk will establish multiple dens and choose a favourite one to make a grass and leaf-based nest, ready for her young. They typically give birth to a litter of 5 to 7 pups in April or May.
It is always a good idea to inspect the perimeter of any structure on your property that lacks a solid foundation. It is pretty obvious when a skunk has decided to make a home under a given structure as the excavated dirt will be piled up on the outside of the hole.
In most cases once the baby skunks are born, it can be very difficult to access them, which results in a 4-6 week waiting period for the babies to grow up and exit the den with mom. It is usually around 8 weeks of age that the baby skunks would be capable of following their mother outside.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.
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