Why Are There So Many Skunk Families out on our Walking Trails?

ssShould I be alarmed?

No, but avoid all contact with them since they can be a vector of rabies. Fall is the peak season for young skunks to leave the nest and find their own home. They are looking for the perfect habitat–one that includes ample living space, seclusion, and nearby drinking and dining sources.

Often, that perfect habitat is in our backyards where under-deck accommodations offer prime real estate and where pet food or food trash and ample water sources may serve as readily as a corner market. What could be better? After those primary needs are satisfied, the skunks will be looking to mate in the winter and then have their own families in the spring.

Skunks are a vector because they can transmit rabies to people. Our rabies risk reduction program is primarily to educate our residents about how to exclude skunks from denning on their property. In some cases, when all efforts fail to keep the skunks from denning, we may warrant a humane trap to trap them. By law, we do not relocate skunks and therefore they must be euthanized.

Denying skunks water, food and living spaces on your property is the best way to ensure they don’t make their home at your home. Keep pet food indoors, trash can lids secure, and make sure there is no access for them under decks or other structures.

Please visit our website for more information about skunks and to request service for skunks.


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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