On the trail camera this week, I got two interesting animals:
An alien black cat:
And a striped skunk:
This is the first skunk I’ve been able to get on the trail camera, which adds one more carnivoran family to the list.
No. Skunks aren’t Mustelids anymore. Their family is Mephitidae, This family includes two Southeast Asian “stink badgers” and all the skunks of North and South America.
The most common species of skunk in West Virginia is the striped skunk, but in the very high Alleghenies there is a relict population of Eastern spotted skunks. Eastern spotted skunks are thought of as a “Southern” species, but in West Virginia, they are found only in the colder High Alleghenies.
I just hope that black cat stays away from white paint.
There are plenty of Pepe Le Pew cartoons that tell you what happens when a black cat gets a white stripe painted on it!