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Eastern Spotted Skunk Snares – Matthews
February 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pmFree
A LITTLE HAIR OF THE…….SKUNK?
Snares and the elusive Eastern spotted skunks
The eastern spotted skunk is rare in North Carolina and is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Very little is known about the populations of eastern spotted skunks in North Carolina, so snare collections add greater detail to supplement any camera footage or sightings. Throughout its range, it is still not really known if the species is actually in danger of extinction, or if it is just really hard to find. If it is in danger, what limits its numbers and how can it improve its status. In the Eastern U.S. in particular, is the skunk harmed by habitat alteration and associated depredation by owls? Or is it foxes? Or coyotes? Might there be a disease at play?
Brian Wuertz collaborated with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in developing a hair snare method for studying eastern spotted skunks. The device snares the hair from eastern spotted skunks to allow collection of genetic material without having to trap the elusive skunks and handle them.
Join us as Brian shares his insights and stories of his adventures acquiring hair samples from an animal you want to keep at a distance!
Brian is a senior Biology and Biochemistry double major at Warren Wilson College, also working as a Bonner Leader in the Center for Community Engagement coordinating the environmental education program, EcoTeam.
This meeting is free and open to everyone. For more information,704-236-0929 or HAWKncwf@gmail.com