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Striped Skunks Seeking Mates

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Striped Skunks are on the prowl, as your nose may have told you recently – males are eagerly seeking out the company of females at this time of year and are often hit by cars traveling at night. The peak of the Striped Skunk breeding season — the third week of March — will soon be upon us. Males will mate with several females in succession and then they often protect their harem against other males by hitting them (other males) with their shoulders or biting their legs. Once a female has been successfully bred, she will not allow further mating activity and will viciously fight any male that attempts it.

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10 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Aggressive behavior!

    March 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    I always knew I was a little like a female skunk!

    March 9, 2017 at 10:14 am

  3. Cheron barton

    Nose…survey… says!!!???

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    March 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  4. Louisa Cunningham

    Whoa,who knew. Back to sleep.

    Louisa (via phone)

    On Mar 9, 2017 9:27 PM, “Naturally Curious with Mary Holland” wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Striped Skunks are on the prowl, as your nose may > have told you recently – males are eagerly seeking out the company of > females at this time of year and are often hit by cars traveling at night. > The peak of the Striped Skunk breeding season — the third w” >

    March 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

  5. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… I am glad to see you are shooting the skunk from the safe end! Perhaps with the 400 mm?
    Bill Farr…

    March 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

  6. Is this the famous skunk that sprayed you? 🙂

    March 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    • Ha ha. No, that was another young skunk I encountered…I’m a sucker for getting too close to them, but can’t resist the photo op!

      March 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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