Connecticut Animals – Raccoons and Skunks
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has just completed a three-year study that found striped skunk feces in every one of the state’s thirty-three municipalities. The state didn’t find any evidence that the dangerous striped skunk odor is coming from New Haven or Connecticut. However, this revelation comes at a time when a record number of homeowners and businesses are being confronted with the cost and hassle of dealing with dangerous raccoons and other “invertebrates” inside their homes and yards.
The news of the fecal samples was first reported by Fox News. The network did, however, find that homeowners in Connecticut have a surprising number of problems with the presence of skunks inside their residences: fifty-six percent of homeowners said they have an animal in their home, but only twenty-four percent know that there are actually skunks in the house. This is not a new problem in Connecticut. Previous studies of raccoons in the state have shown a high rate of homeowner encounters with skunks. Although it’s easy to understand why homeowners and business owners would assume that a skunk is living in a typical household, they need to be aware that there can be a wide variety of other “invertebrates” in the area, including the occasional raccoon. As more information about raccoons and skunks becomes available, this problem will become less common in Connecticut.
There are several wildlife control regulations that are being enforced right now in order to control the problem of skunks and other “invertebrates” living in the state. These regulations were established by the state’s wildlife control regulatory agency (the DEP). The goal is to reduce the number of sickly raccoons so that the risk of larger wild animal infestations such as the mass stranding of newborn deer can be lessened. For now, the DEP says it will continue to enforce its existing squirrel and skunk restriction laws and continue to monitor the situation to see what solutions can be developed to help solve the current problem.