Just in time for Valentine’s Day, skunk mating season arrives

LOCAL NEWS — Something’s in the air around Lynchburg and we guess you could call it love. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource agency, official skunk mating season doesn’t arrive until late February but based on the increased number of unfortunate suitors on local roadways and the pungent odor in Moore County, the little critters seem to be celebrating Valentine’s Day early.

Striped skunks exist as the most common skunk breed in Tennessee. They can be found state wide. They can be found in both rural and urban areas. They eat mainly small insects and and small animals but they’ve been known to be lured toward homes with the promise of outside dry pet foods.

Skunk couples breed once a year typically and mom gives birth to a single litter with four to six young. They tend to become more active during mating season, so you’re more likely to encounter one and he or she might be pre-occupied. When threatened, a skunk can spray its scent up to 15 feet and the pungent odor can spread up to a mile away.

If you or a pet gets sprayed, local vets at the Lynchburg Vet Hospital say they’ve loaded up on Skunk Off Shampoo.

“The trick is to leave the shampoo on the pet for about five minutes before rinsing, then use the spray,” says co-owner Wendy Morton. “Add a little bit of the shampoo to the washing machine when you wash the towels you use to dry the pet after the bath.”

Female skunks who aren’t interested in mating will spray the males to let them know to get away. Based of the smells of late, there’s a lot of skunk rejection happening in Lynchburg. •

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