nena masthead
SENA Home Staff & Editors For Readers For Authors

Status and Distribution of the Eastern Spotted Skunk in Maryland: A Historic Review and Recent Assessment

Kelly J. Pearce1,2,3,*, Thomas L. Serfass2, James M. McCann4, and Daniel J. Feller4

1University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. 2Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. 3Current address - Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335. 4Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532. *Corresponding author.

Southeastern Naturalist,Volume 20, Special Issue 11 (2021): 52–63

There have been no confirmed detections of Spilogale putorius (Eastern Spotted Skunk) since 1967 in Maryland. We summarized historical records, as well as recent studies from other available mammal projects completed in Maryland. We conducted camera-trap surveys between 2015 and 2018 at 33 sites in western Maryland. We sought information from outdoor recreationists, mail-surveys sent to licensed wildlife damage control operators (n = 56), and an online questionnaire of natural resources professionals (n = 149). We compiled 13 historic records, including 7 catalogued specimens. No Eastern Spotted Skunks were detected with our camera traps. Our call for public information did not result in any confirmed sightings, and there were no personal observations or secondary evidence reported by responding wildlife damage control operators (n = 10) or natural resource professionals (n = 49). It appears the Eastern Spotted Skunk may no longer be a permanent resident in Maryland. However, the state still retains potential habitat and is in close proximity to known populations in West Virginia, from which Eastern Spotted Skunks could potentially disperse to Maryland in the future.

pdf iconDownload Full-text pdf (Accessible only to subscribers. To subscribe click here.)



Access Journal Content

Open access browsing of table of contents and abstract pages. Full text pdfs available for download for subscribers.

Issue-in-Progress: Vol. 22 (4) ... early view

Current Issue: Vol. 22 (3)
SENA 22(3)

Check out SENA's latest Special Issue:

Special Issue 12
SENA 22(special issue 12)

All Regular Issues


Special Issues






JSTOR logoClarivate logoWeb of science logoBioOne logo EbscoHOST logoProQuest logo