If you see a skunk in the daytime?
does it mean its rabid?
Skunks are nocturnal by nature, but they can go out during the day.
Many people believe that a skunk roaming around during the day is a sign that it has rabies – this is not true.
The main reasons for seeing a skunk during the day is that is searching for food that it could not search for at night.
This can be due to a mother tending to her babies during the night, or other predators that have been preventing the skunk to search for food during the evenings.
Signs that a skunk may be infected
Skunk will start to exhibit uncoordinated muscle movements.
A skunk infected with rabies will have enlarged or dilated pupils. The animal is expected to become irritable as a result of the developing infection in the nervous system. As a consequence of the skunk's irritability, it will attack anybody it sees. It will not show any signs of hesitation to bite other animals, humans included.
Near the end the virus begins to damage the brain. The muscles in the jaw and the throat are the first to get paralyzed. At this time, the skunk will no longer be able to attack anybody. Paralysis will eventually rule over the system of the skunk. As the virus continues to destroy the brain of the skunk, it will slip into a coma and eventually perish.
NO,of course not!
It's not always a 100% the reason or 100% caused by rabies, but it is a very good indicator that skunk is sick. Either option, keep pets and children away. If it's really causing havoc just call animal control, or pop it once or twice with a .22 and end its misery.