Skunks are widespread and fairly common in the Albuquerque area.



Skunks are a common and widespread wildlife species in Albuquerque.  Seeing or smelling a skunk does not mean you have a skunk problem. Most sightings do not require any action.  Enjoy wildlife at a distance. Take steps to discourage the animals from visiting your property.

If you suspect the skunk may be injured or sick, report it to the City.

More information about skunks in Albuquerque can be found here.

If you have a skunk on your property the City of Albuquerque can assist with providing information about discouraging and excluding skunks from your property. A site inspection may be scheduled to determine the extent of the skunk issue and to identify steps for resolving it. Skunk issues can often be resolved without trapping animals.

The City of Albuquerque does not pick up trapped skunks.  If you have captured a skunk and would like it removed, private pest control specializing in wildlife management should be contacted for assistance.

If you have accidentally trapped a skunk, and would like assistance with ON-SITE release, the City of Albuquerque Urban Biology Division can be contacted for assistance. Skunks are NOT relocated.

Odor Removal

While often recommended, tomato juice and vinegar are not effective. Use the following recipe to successfully neutralize skunk odor:

  • Combine 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent.
  • Apply liberally.
  • After 5 minutes, rinse with water.
  • Repeat if necessary.

The mixture must be used quickly after mixing and will not work if stored for any length of time.

The City of Albuquerque does not pick up trapped skunks**. Citizens with trapped wildlife (skunks, squirrels, gophers, etc...) requiring removal should contact professional pest control specializing in wildlife. These companies can be found in the Yellow Pages, by calling 411, or through an internet search (e.g. search "Albuquerque wildlife removal"). Be sure to check that the company chosen is licensed for wildlife trapping and handling.

**Occasionally, skunks or other wildlife are accidentally captured when attempting to trap feral cats. If you would like assitance with ON-SITE release of these animals, the City of Albuquerque Urban Biology Division can be contacted. Skunks are NOT relocated.

Skunks are widespread and fairly common in the Albuquerque area.  They are nocturnal and rarely observed, although their distinctive odor often lets homeowners know one may be in the neighborhood.  Additional information about skunks and their biology can be found here:

Trapping skunks is not recommended in most instances.  Skunks that are trapped and removed from a site must be euthanized because the animals cannot be relocated. Simply removing the skunk does not address the reason for conflict. Another skunk will likely move into the area quickly and continue the problem. Following simple steps can often reduce conflict with these animals, and eliminate the need for professional assistance with a skunk issue.

Removal of attractants

  • NEVER feed skunks
  • Feed pets indoors. Do not leave unattended food outside
  • Pick up fallen fruit and harvest garden
  • Eliminate water sources
  • Secure trash and place outside only on pick-up days
  • Eliminate brush piles that may serve as cover or a den site

Tips for excluding skunks from your property

  • Fencing must include underground portion to prevent digging
  • Close holes under fences or gates
  • Securely board off entry areas under buildings, porches, and decks
  • Keep shrubs and brush trimmed to reduce cover

Skunks and your pets

  • Lock pet doors at night to prevent entry
  • Keep pets indoors at night
  • Always vaccinate your pets.  If you suspect a pet has been bitten by a skunk, take the pet immediately to a vet


For more information on resolving skunk conflicts please call 311 or the City of Albuquerque Urban Biology Division 452-5300.