Friend and garden guru Ron Wilsonpassed this information along:
Officials with the Ohio Department of Wildlife said the active critters could stir up trouble in residential areas, particularly around pets. Striped skunks are very adaptable and can become habituated to humans and their trash, pet food and other sources of food, officials said. In particular, they love nicely manicured lawns, which tend to be full of grubs in the spring.
So keep your pets on a leash, as skunk sprays with animals can be messy.