Striped Skunk

The Striped Skunk is a nocturnal, solitary mammalian breed commonly found in Illinois- both in rural and urban areas. They are protected as “furbearers” under the Illinois Wildlife Code (520 ILCS 5/2.2) and require an animal removal permit authorized by an IDNR District Wildlife Biologist in urban areas and/or a hunting or trapping license in rural areas.
Skunk in a hollowed out tree trunk on the grass


Skunks are very adaptable and often make their dens along:
  • Cemeteries
  • Forested and Brushy Areas
  • Golf Courses
  • Lawns
  • Open, Grassy Fields
  • Railroads or High Tension Power Lines

They are also known to reside in:
  • Caves
  • Dry Drainage Tiles
  • Junk Piles
  • Old Buildings
  • Rock Piles
  • Sheds
  • Storm Sewers
  • Stumps
  • Wood Piles

Their territory typically extends 1- 1 ½ miles in diameter from their den. Skunks do not hibernate, but their range does decrease during the winter months.

Public Health Concerns

Call the Lake County Health Department’s Animal Control Office at 847-377-4700 or visit their website if you see skunks that exhibit signs of rabies. These symptoms include:
  • Loss of fear of people
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Seizures

Skunk Benefits

Skunks help control insect and small mammal populations.