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What to Consider Before Adopting a Skunk.

We are happy that you have decided to adopt a Skunk. Skunk adoption is a wonderful way to provide a Skunk a second chance and caring environment. Most pets arrive at shelters because the owner had to move, could no longer afford the pet, had a death in the family, or simply gave up the responsibly of being a care taker for a Skunk. Before bringing home a Skunk, make sure you have considered the full impact of your decision. Below is a brief overview of the type of needs a Skunk might require and what you will need to consider for the life time care of a Skunk.

First most, understand that no matter what, even if you buy a Skunk for sale, or adopt, as a new pet owner it is your responsibility to care for the Skunk it’s entire lifespan. Part of that responsibility is taking time to understand the basic needs of a Skunk. At the top of that list should be getting know the diet of a Skunk. Find out how often and what a Skunk needs to eat. Next, what shelter do you need to provide? Get to know what habitat a Skunk is accustom to, what temperature will the Skunk need to maintain, and what range of temperatures are acceptable for a Skunk to survive.

It’s usually a good idea to get to know a little more about Skunk habits, temperament and relationship with humans before adopting a Skunk. For example, can you handle a Skunk. What is an indicator if a Skunk is being aggressive and senses fear? Some pets will maintain much more happiness as long as they live socially, does a Skunk need a companion pet in order to live happily? What exercise does a Skunk need regularly?

Skunk adoption can be an enriching experience, and is a big decision. Whatever pet you adopt will demand certain lifestyle changes, and a financial commitment. Estimating the monthly costs of owning a pet is just as important as making sure you have the time and motivation to feed the Skunk when necessary, and provide a safe environment to live.

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State Laws / Skunk Ownership

Link HERE to all states’ wildlife departments addresses and phone numbers.

Always call your state office before getting a pet skunk. Laws are always changing. Please check your county laws, even though the state is legal your county may have restrictions.

Some states require special permits to sell skunks in addition to the USDA permit .

Many states require permits to own skunks. Always abide by the laws in your state.

The term – Illegal – means you can not own a skunk as a pet in that state. The state has the right to KILL your skunk if you get caught. It also means that you may not be able to find vet care for your skunk.

The term – Legal – (in blue text) means that there are restrictions which would prevent you from having certain colors, not allow importing skunks from other states, etc. Please check with the contact person/office provided for specific information and assistance before obtaining a skunk.

Please have a veterinarian prior to obtaining a pet skunk. Please do your homework BEFORE you get a pet skunk to make sure they are the right pet for you. Do not buy as a spur of the moment pet. Be sure you want a pet skunk, once you buy your skunk you can not turn around and sell it without the proper permits. It is illegal in most states! It is legal to give your skunk to someone.

Always keep your receipt to prove your skunk did not come from the wild; get the permit numbers from the business/person you get the skunk from. Most states require a paper trail for skunks.

If you see any problems or need updating please contact the webmaster.

The credit for this part of our web site goes to both Aspen Skunk Rabies Research, Inc. (by permission) and Deborah Cipriani.

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Alabama Illegal Mark S. Sasser
Nongame and Quail Project Coordinator
Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-3469
www.outdooralabama.com
Our regulations prevent the possession of skunks in Alabama, per regulation 220-2-.26 which states: Restrictions on Possession, Sale, Importation and/or Release of Certain Animal and Fish (1) No person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association shall possess, sell, offer for sale, import, bring, release, or cause to be brought or imported into the State of Alabama any of the following live fish or animals: Any of the following from any area outside of the state of Alabama: any member of the family Cervidae, species of coyote, species of fox, species of raccoon, species of skunk, wild rodent, or strain of wild turkey, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, Pronghorn antelope , any nondomestic member of family of Suidae, Tayassuidae, or Bovidae. There are no exceptions except Zoos and publically licensed exhibits.

March of 2003 laws changed to NO Importing or Exporting of skunks. Dec.2003 laws changed, only licensed rehabbers will be allowed to keep skunks. No one will be able to own skunks as pets.

You must apply for captive wildlife permit before getting a skunk. The cost is $75.00 for a three year permit. Breeder permit cost $100.00 per year.

NOTE : If you are traveling through the state with your skunks on any highway you must apply for a transportation permit prior to entering the state.

Cannot buy or sell within the state.

No sale, purchase, donation, or transfer of ownership of skunks to private parties or private parties having a USDA permit after July 2,2003. Law changed July 3, 2003, Rabies Control Act Title 47 Chapter 5

Information is not available on the internet > Act in place 1974

Basically the laws in Wisconsin requires any person that wants to possess, propagate, purchase or sell skunks to hold a Class A or Class B captive wild animal farm license, a nonprofit educational exhibitors license or a nonresident temporary exhibitors license. There are some exceptions for Zoo’s and circuses. In addition, a skunk possessed by a nonresident under the legal authority of another state, province, or country may be possessed in this state by the nonresident for not more than 60 days from the date the wild animal enters the state if all of the following apply:
(a) The nonresident ensures that a veterinarian files a copy of a valid certificate of veterinary inspection for the wild animal with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
(b) The nonresident holds every license or other approval that is required by the other state, province, or country.

Skunks may not be descented by or for any person in Wisconsin unless that person holds a Class A or B captive wild animal farm license.

When skunks are held under the authority of an appropriate Wisconsin license, they are required to be kept in cages or enclosures that meet the pen and humane care and treatment requirements found in Wisconsin’s Administrative Code section NR 16.10.

For buying outside the state and importing skunks, the first step would be to contact Melinda Young with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection (DATCP).
They are the agency that regulates importation and the criteria necessary to bring an animal into Wisconsin.
If a captive wild animal is imported into Wisconsin from a legal source in another state, an animal import permit is required from DATCP prior to the animal entering Wisconsin.
Information and DATCP contact below:

http://datcp.wi.gov/Animals/Animal_Movement/index.aspx
YOUNG, MELINDA S (608) 224-4874
[email protected]
[email protected]

Canada

Canadian residents, and skunk owners wishing to move to Canada, should refer to Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Animal Division, provincial, and municipal, requirements for importation and possession of pet skunks.

[ED: We are currently working to update this information 12 Nov 05]

Information provided by Danna and David Lingo.

Alberta Illegal (780) 422-2079
Refer to Wildlife Regulation Section 135
British Columbia Illegal
Manitoba Illegal
New Brunswick Illegal (506) 453-2207
Refer to Fish and Wildlife Act
Newfoundland Legal (709) 637-2382 – Jonathan Sharpe
Legal with permit from Minister.
Wildlife Regulations Sections 82, 83, 84, 85 and Schedule B. Schedual B does not include skunks, they are not native wildlife. They are not native or present in Newfoundland and as such a permit may be difficult to obtain.
Northwest Territories Illegal
Nova Scotia Legal (902) 679-6139, Fax: (902) 679-6176
Refer to Department of Natural Resources Import Permits.
Ontario Illegal (705) 755-1999
Refer to Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act Section 40 (1) 2002.
Prince Edward Island Illegal (902) 368-4666
Quebec Illegal (418) 627-8691
Saskatchewan Illegal (306) 933-7928
Refer to W-13.1 Reg 1 – Wildlife Regulations.
Yukon Illegal (867) 667-8054 Kris Gustafson
Please call for information. Existing pets and long-term wildlife/exotic pet owners may be given special consideration, but you must call before importing the animal(s).

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