Wildlife Officials Remind of Rabies Vaccinations as Skunks Emerge

February 15, 2013

As the days get warmer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding citizens to keep pets and farm animals up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. As KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz reports, now is the time skunks start to emerge.

Skunks don’t hibernate, but spend the coldest winter months in communal dens. They begin to emerge in February, and by March, their breeding season is well underway.

Rabies infections spread through bites and saliva contact. Signs a skunk may be rabid include walking in circles, stumbling, and aggressive behavior.

Skunks mostly come out at night near places where they’re more likely to find food scraps. Parks and Wildlife says residents should keep outdoor garbage sealed and secure.