Skunks are a growing problem in major urban areas and many times the first sign of a skunk is the smell left behind after the neighbourhood hound has had an encounter with one. Their dens are often found under front steps, sheds and decks. Omnivorous, the skunk eats both plant and animal material, changing their diet as the seasons change. The skunk commonly eats berries, roots, leaves, fungi and grass. They also feast on insects, larvae, earthworms, small rodents, lizards, salamanders, snakes, frogs, birds, moles and eggs. Skunks cause damage by digging holes in lawns to search for grubs and worms.
Other than when breeding, skunks are a solitary animal, although in the colder parts of their range they gather in communal dens to keep warm. Capture and removal of skunks should be left to a professional.