The white stripes cut out of skunks are made into rugs.
Foxes are still found in considerable numbers in suitable habitats; opossums, skunks and raccoons are plentiful in some parts of the state; and rabbits and squirrels are still numerous.
The most common wild animals are deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, woodchucks and muskrats.
Rabbits and squ'rrels are numerous in nearly all parts of the state; skunks, weasels, muskrats and woodchucks are common; there are some racoons; mink are frequently taken in the Adirondacks; and a few otter remain.
Some researchers speculate that it is a defensive mechanism similar to the odor emitted by skunks.