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What’s all the stink about?
Well, the hills are witnessing a population boom among skunks, and people are not happy. At all. Spring is skunk pupping season. Babies are called kits. A pack of skunks are called surfeit - you need to know that if you play Words With Friends.
When I saw our local pack of skunks waddling (yes like ducks) across the
One set of neighbors concerned about their dog, and knowing that skunks carry rabies, called a local private animal recovery company. They charged $100 per skunk to humanely capture and relocate the skunks. They re-homed 5. The family I saw crossing
There you have it - All of our choices about co-habitating with wild animals in a nutshell.
So where does the truth about skunks lay? They’re native to
The dietary needs of skunks is a controversial topic. I don’t know (admittedly I didn’t ask) if the neighbor who was feeding the skunks had read the manual on skunk ownership. Indeed they need a wider variety of food than most pets. There is a big debate among skunk lovers as to what the proper diet for a pet skunk is, but they all agree that yogurt is on the approved list, as are graham crackers or vanilla wafers. However, they tend to get fat, so don’t overdo it.
With honeybees suffering from hive collapse, there is another side to skunks. They are one of the primary predators of the honeybee. They depend on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this behavior to their young.
I guess the deal is make the skunk a pet, and care for it kindly and enjoy its company, or leave it be. I think our neighborhood has put our division to rest in favor of respecting the right of wild life to live peacefully, even when that’s our backyard.
Where do you stand?
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