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TWRA Searches for Spotted Skunks

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 18:06:16-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife and Resource Agency asked for the public's help in their search for a rare skunk so that they can better understand the status of the species.

The Eastern Spotted Skunk is rare in Tennessee but as of now is not of conservation concern. However, TWRA officials want to make sure that's still the case.

Sightings are uncommon, but they want to know about each one.

Spotted Skunks are known for their black fur and has white stripes along the neck, back, and body as well as vertical white stripes or broken stripes (which appear as spots). White spots also occur on the forehead and in front of each ear.

Eastern Spotted Skunks are uncommon and considered a species of greatest conservation need in TN.

Officials asked anyone who may see a Spotted Skunk to report it to the TWRA.