Skunks are skittish, shy creatures, so if one finds its way into your yard, odds are that it has a convincing reason to be there: for example Food. Is your dustbin safely covered? Is an open compost pile, pet food or a birdfeeder drawing in the skunks?
Skunks are known for their characteristic black and white coloring and pungent smell, which is an amazing self-defense system bestowed to them by nature. That doesn't mean skunks are without predators. Animals that kill and eat skunks are both birds and animals, and sometimes, they're impervious with the impacts of a skunk's foul-smelling spray.
What animals prey on skunks
While the exact number of species that prey on skunks is still not known, red foxes, cougars, coyotes and domestic dogs are among them. however, a skunk is not the primary choice of these animals. They will attack a skunk only if nothing else is available because it is hard to effectively attack and execute one without being sprayed. However, there are still some ground and ariel predators who prey on skunks.
Red foxes, cougars, coyotes and domestic dogs are known to be the natural predators of skunks. However, skunks are certainly not their favorite dish. Given the choice between a skunk or any other rodent, these animals will choose the other rodent. Because eating without getting sprayed requires some serious effort and who will want to do this much struggle just to sate their hunger if there is another easy meal. Most such predators will prey on skunks just in case other alternatives are restricted or nonexistent.
While coyotes are mainly eaters of carrion, they are truly gifted predators. They will frequently eat skunks, both grown-ups and adolescents. Coyotes do chase in packs, yet one coyote is equipped for killing a single skunk. The skunk's natural aversion for coyotes makes it possible to use coyote urine as a skunk repellent.
Unfortunately for the skunk, its generally infamous and viable safeguard component is frail against predators striking from the sky. Species like the great horned owl and the red-tailed bird of prey on skunks from above. While a few birds of prey have a feeling of smell, the ones that prey on skunks have little to no sense of smell which goes into their advantage, rendering them viably resistant to the spray that keeps most different predators under control.
When attacked, skunks shower their predators, or natural predators, with an incredible and awful smelling substance which is why not many animals even consider eating a skunk.
Owls are not bothered by the smell of a skunk. Indeed, large owls, assault, execute and eat skunks as soon as they find them.
Great horned owls are large fowls that are somewhere in the range of 18 and 25 inches in length and wingspans somewhere in the range of 48 and 60 inches. Even though their prey commonly consists of little rats and mice, they will eat larger animals, including skunks, opossums, and skunks. While they will generally placate themselves with adolescent skunks, they have been known to kill and eat grown-ups.
The owl is just about the biggest natural predator that the skunk has.
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