Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
TABLE 3: Number, location, condition, and rabies status of skunks found dead or euthanized during April to July 1992 in Stutsman County, North Dakota.
|Location and condition of carcass or remains||Rabies status and number|
|Found dead above ground|
|Chewed collar only||0||0||1b|
|Found dead below ground|
|Cached head only||3d||0||0|
|Euthanized above ground|
|No visible clinical signs||5f||12||1|
|Lost or not radio-equipped||0||0||4|
|aBrains were autolyzed; one skunk contained numerous
porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) quills in head and chest.
bFound only radio-collar with tooth impressions, consistent with those of a large canid.
cBroken bones were evidence vehicle collision caused lethal injury to animal.
dFound only severed head and neck with attached radio-collar cached under 20 to 25 cm of soil.
eParalysis of hind limbs and heavy salivation.
fOne skunk without apparent clinical signs was shot in farmyard.