Striped Skunk

Skunk Dig (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, March 2015)

Skunk Dig (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, March 2015)

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.

Skunk Trail

Skunk Trail (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, February 2015)

Skunk Trail (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, February 2015)

Skunk Trail (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Trail in Deep Snow (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Tracks

Skunk Tracks (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Tracks (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

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.

Skunk Track (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Track (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Rear track registering on a front track.

Skunk Front Track (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Front Track (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Den

Skunk Den (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

Skunk Den (Bruce Trail, Orangeville, December 2014)

 

Skunk Den (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, February 2015)

Skunk Den (Guelph Lake Nature Centre, February 2015)

 

 

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