Skunks are not allowed to be kept as pets.
In Prince William County, the laws state you may not have a pet skunk.
Sec. 4-69. Definitions.
For purposes of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
Animal shall include any live vertebrate creature, domestic or wild, not to include birds.
Pet shall mean any animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.
Vicious animal shall mean any animal or animals that constitute a physical threat to human beings or other animals but shall not include guard dogs.
Wild or exotic animal shall mean any live monkey (nonhuman primate), raccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or any other warm-blooded animal, poisonous snake or tarantula which can normally be found in the wild state or any other member of crocodilian, including but not limited to alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials. Ferrets, nonpoisonous snakes, rabbits and laboratory rats which have been bred in captivity and which never have known the wild shall be excluded from this definition.
(No. 83-1006, 12-20-83)
I don’t understand the laws that are made in this county. Due to the fact that u can go one county over and have a skunk. I understand Virginia is a Commonwealth state but this is crazy. To have such different laws from one county to another. My mother many years ago had a pet skunk she named her pepper. She had her from a baby. She bought her in the area of Mt Vernon. There was a man there that bred them as pets from the late 70’s to early 2000’s. He stopped because the laws changed so much. Pepper was one of the best pets my mom ever had. Why is it justified to have rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, ferrets, and any other small pet but not a skunk. Everyone one of these animals bite and act nutty. But u can get them at any pet store/ shop. I truly do not understand pwc at all.