Skunks are nocturnal and non-aggressive, plus they play a beneficial role—all good reasons to just leave them alone until they have moved on of their own accord (which they readily do) or can safely be encouraged to leave an area where they are not wanted.
Skunk encounters and omens are positive and negative. A skunk encounter often signifies fear and anxiety. So, if you are afraid of something then you may begin noticing skunk encounters. A skunk encounter encourages you to face your fears and dig deep to find your inner strength.
Skunks are more active at night simply because they are naturally nocturnal mammals. They sleep and rest during the day, and they come out shortly after sunset. However, you may also see a few of them in the daytime, as mother skunks or the pregnant ones sometimes go out to find a new den for their young.
Although skunks are sometimes seen as a nuisance, they are actually beneficial to farmers, gardeners, and landowners because they feed on a large number of agricultural and garden pests. Skunks have been historically trapped for their pelts and this practice continues today.
Skunks are animals who tend to be nocturnal, but sometimes are out during the day. They are beneficial creatures, and their important ecological role is often overlooked because of their spraying abilities.
Skunk spirit animals tell you that no matter how powerful your enemies are, you need to stand up for yourself and make it clear that you don’t tolerate nonsense and disrespect. You need to figure out clever ways to defend yourself and protect your loved ones.
Definition of skunk
(Entry 1 of 2) 1a : any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected. b : the fur of a skunk.
It may seem ironic, but skunks hate certain odors (as if they have room to judge). Citrus, ammonia, mothballs and predator urine (dog, coyote, etc) are three smells that can scare off skunks.
If you’re smelling a skunk at night, it likely means that there is one closeby who has recently sprayed in defense. If there is a downwind draft, humans can smell a skunk from up to 3.5 miles away. What is this? The stronger the smell, the closer the skunk is.
In order to identify a rabid skunk, look out for these signs – activeness during the daytime, seizures, unusual aggression, vocalizing, stumbling, foaming in the mouth, looking drunk, paralysis, circling movements, disorientation, and becoming extremely fearless of humans.
When people are exposed, particularly if sprayed into the eyes, it can cause short-term stinging, burning, redness, and tearing. This can make it difficult to open the eyes for a few minutes. Breathing it in can irritate the lungs. The odor has the potential to worsen asthma symptoms, but this is quite rare.
This reverence is well expressed in the many native American legends that describe skunks as righteously defending themselves and their families against evil animals.
Loki’s most prominent symbol was the snake. He’s often depicted together with two intertwined serpents. He’s also often associated with mistletoe, for his hand in Baldur’s death, and with a helmet with two horns.
Odin also has several animals. His two ravens Hugin and Munin (thought and memory) fly around the world and report back what they see. Sleipnir the eight-legged horse can run through all the worlds. Geri and Freki are Odin’s wolves.
Back away from the skunk very slowly and steadily. Don’t turn your back, make sudden movements, raise your arms, or run. Instead, try to put about 10 feet between yourself and the skunk, but don’t rush.
Even when other animals or people are in close proximity, skunks will ignore the intruders unless they are disturbed. Skunks are beneficial to farmers, gardeners, and landowners because they feed on large numbers of agricultural and garden pests.
Diet. Skunks prefer meat, but will also eat plants and vegetation. Insects, small animals, birds, eggs, poultry, worms, berries, grubs, and grasshoppers are also common food sources. Skunks are attracted to honey and also foods with a strong odor.
Fun Facts. A skunk’s sulfuric spray has a range of up to 10 feet, and its odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles. Skunks eat wasps and honeybees, and will often attack beehives. Immune to snake venom, skunks are known to eat poisonous snakes like rattlesnakes.
They are most active at night, but will sometimes venture out in the daylight hours in search of food or to find a mate. Skunks do not hibernate, although they do stay within their dens during colder temperatures. Other than during mating season, they spend most of their time alone.
Do skunks bite? Healthy skunks have the ability to bite but rarely do, instead if threatened they will use their main defense mechanism of spraying their victims.
Once a skunk is scared or threatened it will spray. If a skunk under your home sprays, that odor will travel into the house and seep into everything you own. Living with skunk odor in your house night and day is not fun, and it can last all Winter and Spring if the skunks are allowed to stay under your house!
Some ground carnivores prey on skunks. While the exact number of species that prey on skunks is unknown, red foxes, cougars, coyotes and domestic dogs are among them.