Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arkansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arkansas Project

Eastern Spotted Skunk Surveys

August 2021 - December 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Populations of the Eastern Spotted Skunk have declined dramatically over the last 50 years. The species is currently petitioned for federal protection under the endangered species act. Information about the species' distribution and population status is needed to inform the listing decision and to help state level managers protect the species. This project is using game cameras to survey for Eastern Spotted Skunks in the prairies and grasslands of SW Arkansas.

Presentations Presentation Date
Shaw, M.S., Roberts, C., and B.A. DeGregorio. 2022. A Habitat Suitability Model for the Plains Spotted Skunk. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Spokane, WA. November 2022
Shaw, M., C. Roberts, B. Sasse, and B.A. DeGregorio. Habitat Associations of Two Very Different Skunk Species. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Furbearer Working Group. May 2023
Shaw, M., B.A. DeGregorio, and C.R. Roberts. Plains Spotted Skunk Distribution and Habitat Associations in the Great Plains. Oral Presentation. November 2023
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Shaw, M. 2023. Habitat Associations of the Plains Spotted Skunk. University of Arkansas. MS Thesis December 2023