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  • Utah'S Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Utah'S Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Utah'S Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Utah'S Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Western Spotted Skunk

Spilogale gracilis

Utah'S Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Least Concern

Populations of Western Spotted Skunk have been known to fluctuate in numbers and the animal is generally not common on the United States plains (Polder 1968, Choate et al. 1974). Few studies have been published on its home range, population density and mortality (Howard and Marsh 1982). Crabb (1948) found that the Western Spotted Skunk in Iowa had a home range averaging 64.8 ha at densities of 2.2 individuals/km2. Read More

Humans have been the main cause of mortality for Western Spotted Skunk, especially as a result of automobile roadkills. It is also trapped, shot and poisoned during predator control tactics (Rosatte 1987). Its pelts represent an insignificant fraction of the modern fur trade. Pesticides present a significant threat over portions of the range. Read More

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Cuarón, A.D., Helgen, K. & Reid, F. 2016. Spilogale gracilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T136797A45221721. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T136797A45221721.en