CARTER COUNTY, OK - If you've noticed more skunks around Carter County you're not alone. But health officials advise you keep your distance from the animals.
"I mean we have two kids and we have to think about what's best for the kids, and not knowing if it was sick or any of that," said Jamie Gaither, who found a skunk recently.
According to Ardmore police reports three skunks have turned up in residential areas.
The Wildcare Foundation -- a rehabilitation center for wildlife--said skunks often seek out places to have their young this time of year.
The humane society said skunks are the dominant rabies carriers in north and south-central states. A skunk could be rabid if it seems aggressive, disoriented or too tame.
Laura Kintz with the Wildcare Foundation explains why skunks are out and about.
"Kids are growing up and starting to come out and move around and be a little bit more visible, and anytime you have an adult animal with kids they're going to be out a bit more getting food and things like that," said Kintz.
Kintz adds that you can discourage skunks from coming around by not leaving food outside and boarding up places where they could burrow.