Skunks make digs that are cone-shaped. The excavated soil is close to the hole. When skunks dig into the soil, they are looking for beetle larvae (grubs) and other subterranean bugs to eat . Skunks can actually hear the bugs moving under the surface of the earth. They also use their keen sense of smell to detect invertebrate snacks.
These tracks were found along an old, rocky fenceline between a regenerating farm field and the edge of a forest. This photo shows a right front track (lower) and a right rear track (upper). The skunk is likely travelling in an overstep walk similar to the way a bear ambles through the forest. The front tracks of a skunk show nails that are far ahead of the toes. The rear track is an elongated print that looks “boxy”. The small toe is on the inside of the track similar to a bear’s foot. Nails on the rear track are closer to the toes in comparison to the front track.
Rear track registering on a front track.