CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The striped skunk is primarily active at night and is omnivorous. It has strong scent glands. This species nests in dens located under buildings, rocks, wood piles or in burrows. It breeds from February through March. Its young are born in early May and follow their mother in single file in the early summer.
General Distribution: This species is especially in coastal and dune scrub areas, forests, buildings, and lawns.
Frequency: This is a common inhabitant in the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This mammal is typically from 33 to 45 cm in length. Its tail is typically 20 to 25 cm long. It has a black body with a white stripe beginning at the forehead and dividing into a "V" at the shoulders. The length and width of the stripe varies.
Did You Know?
Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.