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February 7, 2023

Do Skunks Climb Fences?

do skunks climb fences

Do skunks climb fences

Most skunk species are poor climbers, and some of them even dig under fences instead of climbing. This is because the long claws on their backs help them to dig through and under hard surfaces.

Spotted skunks, on the other hand, are good climbers and can climb up boards, wire mesh, and fences. They can also climb trees to eat from beehives and search for smaller animals.

Striped skunks, on the other side of the spectrum, are poor climbers. They are not good at digging and would prefer to dig under a fence than to climb it.

Chain link fences, on the other hand, have gaps in them and are made of wire that has no smooth surface to climb over. However, skunks can secure their hands between gaps in chain link fences to get to their target.

The best way to keep skunks out of your yard is by putting up a metal fence. These can be as high as 2 feet, and skunks are less likely to dig their claws into a metal fence than a wood one.

If you don’t want to put up a metal fence, try using chicken wire on your property. It will not be as hard for skunks to chew through, but it is more expensive than a wooden fence.