We deeply care for the welfare of all wildlife which we encounter, but we especially love skunks! Skunks are perhaps the most docile mammals, and will utilize their only real defense in only the most threatening circumstances.
Garden State Wildlife Control works closely with a New Jersey Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator in cases of injured or orphaned juvenile skunks. The juveniles are raised to be "teenagers" and released into an appropriate environment.
Although skunks are considered to be a primary rabies vector species in New Jersey, we haven't encountered any which have displayed the signs or symptoms of rabies. Juvenile wildlife are typically more docile than adults. When adult skunk removal is performed, we utilize trapping methods which prevent exposure to spray.
Have I been sprayed? Yes. It was pretty bad, but there are a few concoctions readily available on the internet which quickly neutralize the odor.
This juvenile was found with his sibling in a window well by a homeowner. Garden State Wildlife Control removed emaciated juveniles from the well and transported them to the wildlife rehabilitator for treatment. It is estimated that they had been deprived of fluids and nourishment from their mother for at least eight hours, four hours of which was spent in the direct sunlight on a very warm day.
Click *here* to watch the video of their removal from the window well!
Click the photo to the left for a video of the care they received at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary!