9) since 1941, including muskrat, mink, eastern spotted skunk, long-tailed weasel, and striped skunk (-0.
There is speculation that the drastic decline in the abundance of the eastern spotted skunk is related to agriculture.
Populations of eastern spotted skunk were considered by Choate et al.
The first mustelid to start declining in Nebraska was the eastern spotted skunk in 1944 (Fig.
1974) that eastern spotted skunk and long-tailed weasel populations increased through the first part of the 20th Century, and changing agricultural practices in the 1930s and 1940s may have resulted in populations decreasing to their pre-increase levels.
The eastern spotted skunk may have been the first to decline because it was experiencing habitat decline along with being susceptible to environmental contaminants.
Populations of eastern spotted skunks in Nebraska decreased significantly in the 1940s and has yet to increase (Figs.
Hamilton and Fox (1987) concluded that the population explosion in eastern spotted skunks occurred during the early agricultural era of small family farms for all the same reasons mentioned by Choate et al.
Establish studies of pesticide levels and their effects on wild populations of mink, eastern spotted skunks, striped skunks, and long-tailed weasels.
These sites (hereafter referred to as Tellico, Ames, and Meeman) represented areas with varying habitats and land use, which result in different distributions and abundance of eastern spotted skunks and striped skunks.
At present, a reliable means of monitoring annual trends in populations of striped skunks and eastern spotted skunks remains unclear.