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As with other mammal families,  mother skunks try to keep their babies together and they do take them out for walks and to learn how to forage for food.  During these trips, a baby may fall into a window well or some other spot.  Or it may have wandered off momentarily and didnít follow the others.  They generally remain near their nest/den so itís very likely that the babies home is not far away from where it is stranded. 


Cover the baby skunk with a heavy towel and be sure to wear gloves.  Baby skunks can spray and all skunks spray when they feel threatened or are startled.  They generally donít see well and rely on scent.  Any sudden and loud noises will cause them to spray you. If you talk to it while you are approaching it, and donít make any sudden or loud noises, you will be able to scoop it into a cardboard box or container.  Cover it up with another towel to help it feel secure. 


Take this container and turn it over on itís side close to where you found the baby skunk. Being nocturnal the mother wonít be out and about until after dark so it may take a while for her to  find it.  Itís a good idea to place the box under some type of cover; shrubs or bushes are ideal. Should the baby still be there in the morning, call an authorized wildlife custodian or wildlife centre.


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