Skunks prefer to live along the forest edges, in grassy fields, and in areas of high brush that are close to reliable water sources. They will create their burrows in the ground, in caves, in the crevices of rock piles, in woodpiles, and unfortunately for our Missouri properties underneath of decks, porches, garages and building foundations.
Skunks are mostly carnivorous and will feed on things that include: rodents, small mammals, eggs, and insects. In order to find their prey, they will dig into lawns causing damage to landscaping. Also, while digging through trash cans and gardens they will feed on fruits and vegetables.
Skunks are probably most famous for the foul smell that they emit. When skunks are threatened they will raise their tail and stamp their feet as a warning. If the perceived threat does not back off they will spray a very potent foul-smelling liquid and if it gets into the eyes of another animal or human can actually cause temporary blindness. Skunks also carry and transmit rabies; they are second only to raccoons.