The striped skunk is classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
Smells like peaceful living
The protection afforded skunks by their ability to spray the repulsive and irritating contents of their anal scent glands
accurately up to 3 metres (10 feet) has resulted in a peaceful, non-aggressive lifestyle.
The great horned owl is perhaps their only significant enemy, most likely because it has a limited sense of smell.
Updated May 17, 2010