Nope, a skunk, look at the beady little eyes, the nose and badgers don't have that much white in the back markings. A friend of ours trapped skunks, to keep his poultry safe from them. After messing themselves in the trap, they are that dirty and definately look like that. Skunk all the way. You shouldn't have to let it let it's smell loose to tell, they smell anyway, when un-scented. Even un-scented they have an odor about them.