usually breed in the spring, from February to May.
A second mating may occur later, if the skunk did
not find a mate, or fails to impregnate. Young are
usually born in May or June, with the average litter
being 5 to 8 babies. Young are weaned at 8 weeks
and typically, stay with the mother until they are
2 to 4 months old. Some juveniles will stay with
their mothers or siblings until the following spring.
Skunks are usually nocturnal, coming out well after
dark. Enemies include the Great horned owl, Fox,
Coyote, and Badger. When angered skunks stamp their
feet, hiss, and growl. Skunks don't usually spray
in a fight with each other. It seems that skunks
don't care much for the strong scent them selves.
It is mostly used for defense. Two glands under
the tail, generate the strong smelling musk. They
stand on their front paws, tail against their backs
as they face their victim to spray with a mist or
stream.Up to 3 meters (10 ft ) they are very accurate,
But can reach nearly 5 meters (16 ft) At that distance
the accuracy suffers greatly.