Most wild animals carry bacteria and other dangerous toxins in their waste. When out in nature, the animals don’t have access to shots such as rabies. Why? Well, because they are wild. Skunks are no different. While they are known for their rather pungent smell, they are actually helpful to the environment. However, just because they may not carry diseases and other harmful things themselves, that does not mean their waste does not. Skunk’s diets include bugs, nuts, fruits, leaves and smaller animals-such as mice. Their feces have been described almost cat like with a few minor differences.
Just a quick note, you should never, ever, touch any kind of animal droppings with your bare hands. This goes especially for wild animals. We will discuss why it can be a danger in just a moment. First of all, you need to make sure you know what you’re looking at. Skunk feces are more tubular in shape and is more than likely found near their dens. If you suspect that you might have a skunk hanging around your property, pay close attention. If you find any piles close to openings under buildings or holes in the ground this could be a good indication. Skunk droppings are easy to recognize because it often contains undigested bits of food. These things can be stuff like fur, feathers, seeds and grass.
Why is it dangerous to touch skunk droppings? There are numerous reasons why it is dangerous to breath in, touch or come into contact with skunk droppings. For one, their droppings could and are likely to contain internal parasites like round worms that can easily be transmitted to humans simply by touch. You are what you eat? By eating small rodents, they are coming into contact with such things. Aside from parasites, skunk droppings could very well contain harmful viruses. One of these is distemper. This particular disease is most commonly found in dogs, wolves, or coyotes. Another extremely dangerous disease that can be contracted through the fecal matter of skunks is Hepatitis. This can be spread through the skunk droppings. It is dangerous because it can cause major organ failure in human as well as the possibility of developing certain kinds of cancer. As we said earlier if you suspect that you might have a skunk in and/or around your home, it is okay to investigate it, however, be sure to wear protective gear such as face masks and gloves. It’s always better to be safe than sorry