A member of the weasel family that grew to the size of a cat. They are usually found close to stream banks in wooded areas and eat small rodents, snakes, frogs, carrion, fruit, berries, mushrooms and bird eggs.
The skunk was hunted by the Native Americans and European settlers for its fur in the 19th century. It the skunk is in danger of being caught it will eject a foul smelling fluid that can hit a target up to 12 feet away. It was claimed by mountain men that no amount of washing could remove the stench from clothes that had been in contact with this liquid.