The little spotted skunk- you may know it as the "civet cat"- is proving itself one of Iowa’s most valuable fur-bearers, not from the fur standpoint, but because of the assistance it may render in the control of rats and mice. This is shown by research we have carried on in an area of southeastern Iowa.
Crabb, Wilfred D.
"Civets are Rat Killers,"
Farm Science Reporter: Vol. 2
, Article 5.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmsciencereporter/vol2/iss1/5