Q: I have a skunk in my lawn or garden, what general information do I need to know?
A: Increasing development of rural land in New Jersey and the adaptability of skunks to the suburban environment have increased their frequency of encounters with human beings.
Named for the white stripes on its dark and striped black body, the striped skunk is common in most of New Jersey. Small-bodied and about the size of a house cat, skunks are slow moving and nocturnal by nature.
Skunks are mild tempered and avoid confrontations whenever possible and prefer a mixed cover of open fields, brush, and a variety of woodland. Clearings, pastures, open lands bordering forests, and thickets along streams provide suitable cover and food. However, most people are familiar with skunks because of their frequent choice of a den under a porch or boardwalk, or in an outbuilding, culvert, or woodpile.
Note: Information attained from RCE fact sheet FS540, Wildlife and Homeowners: What's Best for Skunks.