CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’ve spotted skunks in Chicago, you might want to get used to them, even if you do want to keep your distance. It seems they’re getting used to the urban lifestyle.
The Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has found more of the stinky black-and-white critters waddling their way into the city from the suburbs, even to the zoo itself.
“They’re taking advantage of all the things that cities offer, just like we do,” said Lincoln Park Zoo urban wildlife ecologist Liza Lehrer.
That means they like the places where they can burrow, and the easy access to food they can find.
The Urban Wildlife Institute has set up hidden cameras all over the Chicago area to monitor wildlife, and has noticed more skunks close to downtown.
“Initially, we were really just seeing them in the suburbs – western suburbs and northern suburbs mainly – but we started to see them pop up more and more on cameras closer into the city,” Lehrer said. “Skunks and lots of urban wildlife are getting kind of adapted to living around humans.”