I have smelt a skunk a few different times at night while I was in bed this summer. I would jump up every time because I thought it was the cat who likes to pee outside his kitty-litter if he is upset. I figure he had upped his game and pooped beside my bed. After much searching and lecturing of the cat, I would figure out the smell was from outside. A skunk!
I started to think how many skunks do we have in this neighbourhood? Usually if you smell one you will soon see some poor guy that was run over by a car. No bodies! We don’t have any loose dogs around here that would chase a skunk. Would a raccoon or a cat chase a skunk?
Anyway when I got home last night my neighbours were out talking about the skunk in the backyard. Skunk central is in my neighbours shed and they are trying to figure out how to get him to move on. I handed over the number of the guy that takes care of my raccoon problem, but when I confessed how much it cost interest in the professional route vanished. I suggested googling for a cure and volunteered to spray around with my coyote urine spray that I have to keep racoon away. I didn’t figure it would work all that well as it works on only half the racoons that try to make my house their home. Surely a skunk wouldn’t make a home so close to my house with it smelling like coyote.
Anyway I am spraying along the fence line when who should appear out from under a piece of wood. The skunk! He did not even get a chance to lock and load! If I had been using a paint ball gun he would be completely pink now. I sprayed him right in the face and just kept going. I wasn’t trying to be mean, it’s just somehow in my mind if I stopped he would be able to start. Anyway, this poor guy must have been old or tired or all out of the juice ‘cause he just made a noise kind of like a burp and walked away. So it wasn’t the showdown at the OK Corral, but I feel I won that battle. I feel my training after much time using a water pistol to convince the cat not to climb my curtains or play the harpsichord on my blinds is what carried the day for me. Hopefully the skunk now realizes who the top predator in this neighborhood is. Yeah, It’s my cat ‘cause I’ll do anything if he will just keep all his business in the litter!