Eastern Spotted Skunks Declining

Many people wouldn’t even recognize this little fellow as a skunk. Over time, the population of the Eastern spotted skunk has declined so much that many people are unaware of their existence, and they have been eradicated through much of their native range. The spotted skunk’s population first took a dive when it was over-trapped and over-hunted its fur and due to fears of rabies. Today, over-trapping remains a concern, but its main threats are diseases originating in domestic dogs, as well as changes in habitat.

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