Skunk population increases in central Oklahoma

Ponca City Now - September 15, 2014 7:32 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma authorities say rainy weather and a cooler summer have been good for wildlife population growth, especially for skunks.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation tells The Oklahoman there are more wild animals living in urban areas as compared to previous years when there were droughts. He says skunks are "opportunists" that are not afraid to live around humans.

Noble WildCare Foundation workers have taken in 124 skunks this year. A spokeswoman says that’s the same number of skunks that were captured throughout all of last year.

The owner of a skunk-removal company says people with brush piles near their homes, sheds or garages may attract the animals. He advises against leaving pet food outside and trash cans uncovered.


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