Causes of DeathLike most wild animals, skunks live significantly longer in captivity, generally seven to 10 years. However, unlike most small animals, their short lifespan in nature is not due to predators.
PredatorsThe National Wildlife Federation reports that predators cause less than 5% of skunk deaths. Their bold coat pattern is not made to blend in. Skunks are happy to stand out, relying on predators to remember how bad it is to be sprayed. The strategy works well for them — only inexperienced or desperate animals mess with skunks. That said, the following are the animals most likely to attack a skunk:
- Mountain lions
DiseaseThere are several diseases that ravage skunk populations, which is not good news for you if you find them on your property. Of course, not all skunks are carrying diseases, and not all their diseases can be spread to people. However, it’s always best to act as though every skunk you encounter could make you sick because just looking at the animals is not enough to tell you if they are healthy. These are a few of the serious contagious diseases that skunks can carry:
- Canine hepatitis
- Canine distemper
- Intestinal roundworm