Populations of muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), mink (Musteta vison), eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius), long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), and striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) have decreased.
The furbearers were Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), beaver (Castor canadensis), muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), raccoon (Procyon lotor), coyote (Canis latrans), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), mink (Mustela vison), badger (Taxidea taxus), striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis), eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius), and bobcat (Lynx rufus).
The number of licensed trappers directly affects the harvest of all 12 furbearer species (Table 1), but the effect is quite weak for muskrat, mink, stripped skunk, bobcat, eastern spotted skunk, and long-tailed weasel (R = +0.
The only furbearers in Nebraska to show a strong relationship between harvest number and fur prices are beaver, badger, and eastern spotted skunk with R-values of +0.
ABSTRACT--The usefulness of scent-station and spotlight techniques for monitoring relative abundance of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) and the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) in Tennessee was assessed from March 1996 through June 1997.
However, considering reduced visibility due to mountainous terrain, behavioral restraints (eastern spotted skunks are known to be a strongly nocturnal species; Kinlaw, 1995), ecological considerations (eastern spotted skunks have been captured only in dense forest in the southern Appalachians; Reed, 1998), and the fact that, overall, very few mammals were observed during survey or site count s in the present study, it seems most likely that spotlight counts will not prove to be an effective means of monitoring populations, especially those of the eastern spotted skunk, in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
However, the application of these procedures for monitoring trends of eastern spotted skunks (Spilogale putorius) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) have not been examined in detail.
The pattern of stripes and spots was somewhat intermediate between the two species, but was generally typical of eastern spotted skunks.
The records of eastern spotted skunks in Brown, Coleman, and Taylor counties fill much of the gap (Fig.