Skunks

Encounters

Skunks are common in foothill communities.

They are attracted to:

  • Pet food (especially cat food) 
  • Unattended garbage 
  • Certain insects and grubs found commonly in lawns 
  • Open house vents 
  • Open garage doors

Rabies

 Since skunks are a rabies vector, you should avoid them. Skunks are usually nocturnal, so if you see a skunk that is obviously sick or appearing uncoordinated during daytime, you should report it to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control at (626) 962-3577 immediately. 

Spraying

 Skunks have very poor eyesight, but they will give you a warning by stamping their front feet before they spray, giving you time to back away. 

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