Spotting a Skunk Den on Your PropertySkunks are clever little critters, and they are keen hiders. Spotting their nesting sites is not always easy, but there are some tricks to locating them. Experts suggest looking for signs of dens in likely locations, but you must also know the characteristics of a den to identify it when you find one.
1. CharacteristicsSkunks are scavengers, and their nature influences how they look for and make their dens. If another animal made a nest and abandoned it, a skunk may take advantage of the premade site and conserve its energy. The animal also doesn't care if a squirrel, coyote, or other critter made the den as long as it is abandoned. If a skunk cannot find a premade nesting site, it will and can make its own. The animal will find space underneath something else. It may choose a brush pile, logs, deck, house foundation, or even cement slabs. If skunks can find and inhabit a space with minimal effort, it can make it a home.
2. SignsSkunks are relatively low-profile animals, but they still leave traces of their presence, especially when they have a den nearby. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Cone-shaped holes
- Barking dogs