February marks the begin of skunk-breeding season

Allen Gahler

February not only delivers extra chilly temperatures, but with Valentines day, it also places romance in the air — even for skunks.

That is right, February marks the get started of the skunk breeding year. If you assumed they were being sleeping the wintertime absent, Skunks do not officially hibernate. They do come to be “slow” or dormant for around a thirty day period through the coldest section of the winter season suitable prior to breeding year.

Skunks are ordinarily nocturnal, but just like deer, daytime exercise boosts significantly all through breeding period, and we need to expect to see them on the prowl at any time more than the next month to six weeks. And we can hope to see them any place — in your property, driving your barn, on your porch, and even less than your tires as you go down the highway.

The Striped Skunk is found in every Ohio county.

Just like deer in November, you will probable discover additional roadkill skunk this thirty day period than other critters, and see them in a great deal of not-so-regular locations. If you have skunks inhabiting your barn or other framework and you want to relieve the difficulty, now is the time to do so ahead of they have their young. With a gestation time period of seven to 10 months, grown ups have their youthful in the course of the initially portion of Could, and yearlings all through the initial element of June.

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