Skunk Removal & Control Services

Southwest Colorado Local Animal Control

Skunks Facts

Scientific name: Mephitis mephitis


Skunks are members of the weasel family. There are four species in North America. The two most common to our region are striped and spotted skunks. 

The normal home range for a skunk is 1/2 to 2 miles in diameter. This may increase for males during the breeding season. They can travel up to 4 or 5 miles in a night. 

Skunks typically inhabit meadows, pastures, and other open lands bordering forests. They prefer to den in hollow logs or abandoned burrows. Sometimes, however, they chose rather inconvenient homes – under your deck or porch, perhaps even in the crawl space under your home. 

You will likely know if a skunk has taken up residence on your property. The odor these critters give off is unmistakable and quite intolerable. 

Skunks are not normally aggressive and will not defend themselves unless cornered or harmed. They usually provide a warning by stomping their feet before discharging their scent. If you come across a skunk, use this time to retreat slowly so as not to be sprayed. Loud noises and quick, aggressive actions should be avoided. 

Overly aggressive skunks that approach without hesitation and display abnormal behavior should be reported to local wildlife removal authorities immediately – they could be infected with rabies.

Skunks are a primary carrier of rabies. Their spray is not known to contain the virus, but you still want to avoid confrontation of any sort. 

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Skunk Removal in Colorado


Skunks can become a nuisance animal when dwelling around your home. Most of this tends to be of an olfactory nature, but skunks can also dig holes in lawns or gardens searching for grub. They may steal your eggs and kill chickens or ducks as well.

If you are dealing with a skunk problem on your property in Southwest Colorado, we can help!

As your skunk removal professionals, San Juan Wildlife offers trapping services for these pesky critters that are safe and humane. Whether it is a commercial or residential property, we can take care of the skunk issue quickly and effectively.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance with a skunk problem, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our Wildlife Specialists will be happy to help.


We provide animal control and removal services in the following areas:

Allison, Arboles, Bayfield, Cahone, Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek Durango, Fort Lewis, Gem Village, Hermosa, Hesperus, Ignacio, Mancos, Marvel, Mesa Verde, Pagosa Springs, Pleasant View, Rico, Silverton, Towaoc, Vallecito, Yellow Jacket.

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