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Central Ohio: OooOoo That Smell

Central Ohio smells like skunk for a good reason.  I quote Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks on Facebook "OooOoo that smell...can't you smell that smell?"  On Facebook Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks says that smell is a sign of spring.


Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Do we smell Mephitis mephitis in central Ohio?  Or do we smell another type of skunk?

I smelled that smell outside last week one time during the night and wondered if it was a sign of spring.  I Googled whether skunks hibernated, thinking that would be how that smell would be a sign of spring.  What I found online said that skunks do not hibernate in the way that bears do... darn I thought that smell was a sign of spring.

We smelled skunk again over the weekend.  It had to be a sign of spring...

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On Facebook Franklin County Metro Parks explained about that smell:

"We're in the middle of skunk mating season. Males are territorial and may fight with other males over females during breeding season."

Ah ha!  So that is it.  That is what that smell is.  

"OooOoo that smell.. Can't you smell that smell?

Have you smelled that smell this year? We have had a very mild winter in central Ohio.  We do not have snow on the ground now.  We have not had a lot of snow at all this winter.  Buckeye Chuck forecasted an early spring.  We are supposed to have 65 degree weather tomorrow?  Later this week one day, anyway.

On Facebook Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks went on about the habits of skunks:

"Male skunks are polygamous, meaning they can mate with several females during the season. Between territorial spraying, males fighting, and females spraying males they don't approve of, a lot of skunk odor is generated in early spring."

The skunk photo is the property of NDomer73 and is shared on Flickr with a Creative Commons license that allows me to use it here.  If you determine you are licensed to use this or any photo that I do not own but have used on this site  for Pinterest or any other site,  please use the link to the original and give credit to the photographer if the way it has been licensed allows you to use the image.   Do not link here.  Thanks.  NDomer73's skunk photo is out west, the Montana, Wyoming border, I believe. Read NDomer73's  funny description of getting up close and personal to photograph the skunk in the snow.  Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) DSC_0030




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Comment balloon 2 commentsMaureen McCabe • February 28 2012 04:50AM


Maureen - this is fascinating. Spring smelling scunk... Never heard of it. I donot think we have them here as I never saw them here (and did not smell), but in New York I have seen them several times. I don't think I smelled them ever, I do not know what the smell is.

But spring smelling scunks - I wouldn't have thought about it.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 7 years ago

When I let the dog out one evening last week in the middle of the night last week, I think it was warm. It definitely smelled like skunk. 

I accidentally ran over a dead skunk  squished on the road last summer and one of my rear tires smelled like skunk for a few days.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago