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BEASTS BEGONE! Appendix A: Animal Identification

Striped Skunkstriped skunk

Cat-sized (approximately 8 lb.), with distinctive black fur and prominent longitudinal white stripes. Variability in the size of the stripes; some individuals appear almost white from above. Largely nocturnal. Frequent invader under decks and beneath additions. Occasionally enters basements through open windows or deteriorated foundations.

Access Routes

Open crawl spaces and voids underneath decks and additions can facilitate access.

Entry Sites

Usually enters a structure via deteriorated foundations, open windows, or foundation vents.


Thumping made by stamping of feet when agitated. Chattering when frightened.

Fecal Droppings

"Cat-like;" usually 2 to 4 inches long and less than an inch in diameter.


Distinctive, penetrating, and long lasting.


Black or white; 1 to 2 1/2 inches long.

Other Signs

Burrowing; "grubbing" (digging up turf for grubs and other food).

Tracks: striped skunk tracks  Front: 1 - 1 3/4 in.  Hind: 1 1/2 - 2 in.

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