Skunks are easily identifiable by black and white striping and foul odor. Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. While related to polecats and other members of the weasel family, skunks have as their closest Old World relatives the stink badgers. The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant scent.
It is more likely you will smell a skunk than see one. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown, cream or ginger colored, but all have warning coloration.
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