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Skunks

Skunks are widespread and fairly common in the Albuquerque area.

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: http://www.rdwildlife.com/species/skunks/

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

If you suspect you have a skunk den on your property, or have a skunk issue that requires professional assistance or trapping, please call 311.  Do not attempt to trap skunks on your own.

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