The eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) is a small carnivore found across much of the central and southeastern United States, and while once common, this species has become rare in most obits range. We used harvest records collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 1941-2004 to examine historic and current distribution and long-term harvest dynamics of this species in Arkansas. Eastern spotted skunks have historically been most common in the Ozarks and the Ouachitas though the species appears to have been present, but uncommon, in the Gulf Coastal Plain and in some counties in southeastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River. Annual harvests declined precipitously during the 1940s and 1950s, from >1,800 animals in 1942 to
Sasse, D. Blake and Gompper, Matthew E.
"Geographic Distribution and Harvest Dynamics of the Eastern Spotted Skunk in Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 60
, Article 19.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol60/iss1/19