Two members of the Spilogale genus occur within the United States, the eastern spotted skunk (S.
The long-term, range-wide decline of a once common carnivore: the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius).
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).
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.
Eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) populations have declined throughout much of the central and southeastern United States.
Therefore, information on survival in an extant population may offer insights into factors currently limiting eastern spotted skunk populations.
The conservation status of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) was assessed in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee from November 1995 through June 1997.
The eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) is a small to medium-sized mustelid that occurs throughout south-central Pennsylvania down the Appalachian Mountain chain to Florida, west to the Continental Divide and south to Tamaulipas, Mexico (Hall, 1981).
Space use and resource selection by eastern spotted skunks
in the Ouachita mountains, Arkansas.
The pattern of stripes and spots was somewhat intermediate between the two species, but was generally typical of eastern spotted skunks