Skunk Rehabber - Howard County Wildlife Rescue: (410) 418-5402
Free Baltimore City County Animal Services: (410) 396-4688
Wildlife Trapping by Shumaker's Animal Control: 443-231-4132
If you need skunk control in Baltimore, you have a few options. First, you can attempt to solve the skunk problem yourself
by reading our do-it-yourself guide. If you need outside help,
you can also call Baltimore City County Animal Services to see if they have any free resources or help for you - however, they primarily deal with dog and cat concerns. You can also call a local Baltimore wildlife rehabber,
as they are typically a great resource for advice that is in the best welfare of the animal. If as a last resort you must hire a professional company, we recommend Shumaker's Animal Control in Baltimore.
Baltimore Skunk Trapping and Removal
Preventative Repairs & Exclusion
Baltimore Skunk Removal From Structures
In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Baltimore skunk problem - keep garbage secured, pet food indoors, and most of all when it comes to skunks, secure the perimeter of your shed, porch, deck, or house
with a barrier - lattice or steel mesh is good, and it keeps Maryland skunks from going under the structure. If trapping and removal of the skunk is the only option you have, please do so with the help of a local
agency or professional company who knows how to do it humanely and legally. Browse the resources of this site for more educational information.
Baltimore Skunk Control Information: How to Identify Skunk Tracks
Skunk tracks are often confused with cat tracks. This is due the retractable ability of cats' nails.
Even with such an easy mistake in the identification. The skunk's tracks are still quite distinct. Skunk paws are quite different in as much as they have five toes, more distinguishable is the fact that both the front and back paws are long clawed.
The skunk's front claw marks are much more ahead of the toes. The rear claws however are not the same in that respect. There is a reason for the difference in the front and rear claws. Skunks are proficient diggers and by digging they can move out roots while going after insects.
Skunk pads are different from left and right and then again from the front and hind legs. The front leg pads on the left are known as the metacarpal. Metacarpal is a forelimb with concentration on the bony structure of that limb. The right pad is referred to as the carpal; this refers to the wrist bones. It is very rare however that the carpal and metacarpal can be seen distinctly. On those occasions that they are it is mostly likely due to the manner in which the skunk is walking. Again the most distinguishable and prevalent object on the front paws of the skunk are the claws.
The hind foot of the skunk is also easily recognizable. Serving the paw much like a humans big toe, the skunk has what is known as an innermost toe. The location of the innermost toe indicates whether you are looking at the right or left foot. The pads on the back paw are perfectly oval shaped.
Skunks are regional therefore not all skunk tracks are the same. Skunk sizes and looks may also differ by regions. The tracks that have been identified here are the four most populous skunks in North America. The likelihood of these tracks being found around your yard, garbage and under your porches is quite likely from the stripe skunk, which is the most common of the North American skunks.
What will be the same in skunk tracks is the prominence of the claws. All skunks are diggers regardless of the region and therefore rely heavily on the sharpness, shape and strength of their claws.
Should you find skunk tracks about your property, refer to a humane society for removal