The spotted skunk that lives in our Great Southwest Building (Lola) recently had a PhD student come visit her from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  The student is using track plates to detect the presence of spotted skunks in Louisiana.  She needed a spotted skunk to test out her track plate so she came to our zoo.  While the student was here, she was looking for the skunk’s optimal food choice, what size hole the skunk was willing to enter for food, and what the footprints would look like.

The test run went very well since Lola our skunk is always curious about food!  The bait of choice was ground meat and baby mice. Lola ran right into the tube, over the toner, and then over contact paper.  The PhD student sent us the pictures she got from Lola:

                     Lots of little footprints! scampering footprints to the food
A close-up of Lola's foot

A close-up of Lola's foot

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