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.
Skunks are very adaptable and often make their dens along:
Forested and Brushy Areas
Open, Grassy Fields
Railroads or High Tension Power Lines
They are also known to reside in:
Dry Drainage Tiles
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
Skunks help control insect and small mammal populations.