Two species of skunk occur in Washington state, spotted skunks and striped skunk. The spotted skunk sometimes called a pole cat or civet cat is small 14-18 inches and rarely causes issues for people. The striped skunks are usually 22-32 inches in length. Skunks are omnivorous and will eat many types of food but their diet typically consists of insects.
Skunks may get into chicken coops, dig in lawn for grubs or get into crawlspaces or under decks. Skunk spray is extremely malodorous and can cause temporary blindness.