Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
TABLE 4: Size and location of bite marks and rabies status of 60 striped skunks found dead or euthanized in Stutsman County, North Dakota during April-July 1992.
|Size and location of bite marks||Rabies status and number|
|On body or head||7b||1||0|
|On detatched radio-collar||0||0||1c|
|On limbs and head||5||2||0|
|On attatched radio collar||1||0||0|
|Scars on muzzle||1||2||0|
|No bite marks or scars||19||12||1|
|aPunctures 3 to 4 mm diameter; spacing between
punctures was about 35 to 40 mm, consistent with teeth of large canid.
bIncludes three skunks whose heads were apparently severed by a large canid and cached.
cRadio-collar crushed severely, consistent with chewing by large canid.
dPunctures 0.5 to 1.0 mm diameter; when evident, spacing between punctures was about 10 to 15 mm, consistant with teeth of a skunk-sized animal.
eContained numerous porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) quills in head and chest.