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13 August 2021 Observations of Eastern Spotted Skunk Reproduction, Mortality, and Behavioral Interactions in Alabama
Kassandra J. Arts, Tyler R. Sprayberry, William C. Cornelison, Andrew J. Edelman
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Spilogale putorius (Eastern Spotted Skunk) is a cryptic and little-studied species that has declined in abundance. We report observations of reproduction, mortality, and behavioral interactions for the Appalachian subspecies of the Eastern Spotted Skunk in Alabama. We observed 1 adult skunk with 2 assumed offspring in July, mortality events of 4 radio-collared skunks likely caused by both avian and mammalian predators, and 2 interactions of a skunk with other species: 1 with a Procyon lotor (Raccoon) and 1 with a Lynx rufus (Bobcat). We also describe an interaction between 2 skunks that included a vocalization. Combined, these observations provide insight into the reproduction, mortality, and behavior of this species of conservation concern.

Kassandra J. Arts, Tyler R. Sprayberry, William C. Cornelison, and Andrew J. Edelman "Observations of Eastern Spotted Skunk Reproduction, Mortality, and Behavioral Interactions in Alabama," Southeastern Naturalist 20(sp11), 119-125, (13 August 2021). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.020.0sp1112
Published: 13 August 2021
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