spotted skunk

either of two small, nocturnal skunks of the genus Spilogale, distinguished by a white forehead patch and a luxuriant coat of broken stripes and spots, including S. putorius of temperate North America and S. pygmaea of Mexico.

1915–20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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There is no problem distinguishing the western spotted skunk, also known as the civet.
The endangered spotted skunk cannot be legally hunted or trapped.
Continuous closed season for taking spotted skunk and the pelts of spotted skunk may not be sold.
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