A population of the eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) has been discovered at the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station in the Ouachita Mountains of Polk County, Arkansas. In 2010 a motion camera recorded a very brief infrared video of an animal that, after much study and conversation with other biologists, was concluded to be an eastern spotted skunk. Since that time the identification has been confirmed with at least 6 still photographs and one additional video that have been obtained from 2 other locations on the station. At least 2 or 3 individuals are present. All were photographed at night in mountainous terrain that contains mixed hardwood/pine forest. The photos are the first documented records with a specific locality and date of the eastern spotted skunk in the Ouachita Mountains of Polk County, Arkansas.
Hardy, L. M.
"Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) at the Ouachita Mountains Biological Station, Polk County, Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 67
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol67/iss1/12