What Alberta Homeowners Should Know About Skunks

Skunks are fascinating creatures that are known for their unique and distinctive odour. While many people may find them to be a nuisance, skunks play an important role in their ecosystems as they help control the populations of insects and small rodents. In this blog post, we will explore the habits and reproductive cycle of skunks.

Habits of Skunks

Skunks are nocturnal animals, which means they are most active during the night. They are also solitary creatures, and they prefer to keep to themselves. Skunks are not particularly fast runners, but they are good climbers and can climb trees and fences if needed. They are also good swimmers and can swim across streams and ponds.

Skunks are omnivorous animals, which means they eat both plants and animals. They have a varied diet that includes insects, small mammals, fruits, and vegetables. Skunks have a good sense of smell, and they use this sense to locate food. They have long, sharp claws that they use to dig in the soil for insects and roots.

Skunks are known for their unique and potent odour, which they use as a defence mechanism against predators. When threatened, skunks will raise their tail and spray a pungent, oily liquid from their anal glands. This odour is difficult to remove and can last for days.

Reproductive Cycle of Skunks

Skunks have a mating season that typically occurs in late winter or early spring. During this time, male skunks will travel long distances to find a female mate. Once they have found a mate, they will engage in a mating ritual that can last several hours.

After mating, female skunks will undergo a gestation period of approximately 63 days. Skunks typically give birth to litters of 4 to 7 babies, known as kits. The kits are born blind and deaf, and they rely on their mother for food and protection.

The kits will remain with their mother for several months, during which time she will teach them how to hunt for food and protect themselves from predators. Skunks reach sexual maturity at around one year of age, and they can live for up to seven years in the wild.

Because Skunks mate in late winter and early spring, homeowners should be on the lookout for skunk kits in late spring or early summer. Due to the risk of having a full litter of skunks nesting on your property, it is always best to have skunks removed before their mating season. If you suspect there is a skunk on your property, call our expert technicians right away so we can quickly and humanely relocate the skunk off your property.


Skunks may be known for their unique odour, but they are fascinating creatures that play an important role in their ecosystems. They are solitary creatures that are active at night and have a varied diet. Skunks have a mating season in late winter or early spring, and females give birth to litters of 4 to 7 kits. Skunks are an important part of our natural world, and they deserve our respect and protection. That is why our technicians only remove skunks by humanely trapping and relocating them.