The striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, occurs throughout much of North America; it is a common species in Utah, where it can be found state-wide. Striped skunks prefer open areas, especially grasslands and meadows, but may be found in urban settings as well. Striped skunks are active year-round, are nocturnal, and are generally solitary. They are a major carrier of rabies.
Striped skunks breed during the late winter. Females may have two to ten young during late spring; the young may be on their own by fall. Striped skunks are opportunistic omnivores, with diets consisting of small vertebrate animals, insects, plants matter, eggs, and carrion.