Friends Don’t Make Friends Smell Skunk
Posted by animalcontrol on April 8, 2009
When wildlife enters human space, it can create serious conflicts within individuals and between neighbors. The following article from is an example of that. One neighbor starts feeding wildlife, but the wildlife cause problems or potential problems for all people in the area. In a separate, related article it notes that rabies has become quite serious in skunks in eastern Colorado, and the disease is spreading.
While I can understand and appreciate the feelings of the woman feeding the animals, she needs to consider the safety of all around her. She needs to stop feeding strays. The skunks won’t starve. They will move on.
The neighbors do have an option available that will respect the property rights, if not the feelings, of the woman feeding the skunks. They can hire a professional wildlife control operator. The animals can be trapped, removed and euthanized without encroaching on the neighbor’s property. Just as she has the right to feed the animals, the neighborhood has the right to protect themselves, their family and their pets.
It would be a more peaceful world if people were more considerate of one another. I hope you have never encountered a situation like this, but if you have, you need to know that help is available. Wildlife Control Operators respect the law, treat the animals humanely and help to resolve neighborhood disputes. Whether skunks, pigeons or raccoons, if you have a neighborhood problem, get together and give us a call. We would be glad to help.
Colorado Springs Neighbors Battle Over Skunks
By Betty Sexton
Originally published by KKTV.com
A small battle is being waged in a Colorado Springs neighborhood. Residents say they’re tired of dealing with a family of skunks, which keeps them from stepping outside their front door without looking both ways.
You’d think that a problem with wild, furry mammals in a residential area could be resolved by the Division of Wildlife, the Humane Ssociety, the Health Department, or even Code Enforcement, but when it comes to skunks, they apparently fall between the cracks.
“The smell gets so bad at night we have to close our windows because we can’t sleep,” said resident Myra Zapata. “I mean the smell is so bad, it makes you sick you know.”
Zapata and her family always peek out the windows before heading outside, especially with their dog. They’re on the lookout for the stinky critters .
They say the woman who lives across the street is allowing a family of 7 to 8 skunks to hang out and spray others, by setting cat food near her front door.
The neighbor said she’s not feeding or housing skunks at all, she’s simply feeding the neighborhood cats which have been abandoned, and this is the only place she can do that.
She said she can’t help that the skunks are eating the cat food. She says she too, is bothered by the skunks’ odor, but doesn’t like the only alternative to removing them: euthanization.
According to a Colorado Division of Wildlife regulation, skunks can’t be relocated. To remove them, they must be euthanized and disposed of, and that policy’s unacceptable to this neighbor.
Since skunks aren’t considered “big game” like deer, elk, or bear, there’s no rule against feeding them, but wildlife officers discourage it.
District Wildlife Manager Sabrina Schnelker says the neighbor could be found liable in court, if a neighbor is bitten by a skunk.
“Our biggest concern with it… is just human health and safety. a lot of kids are in the area, families, pets,” Schnelker said.
The neighbor believes the Division of Wildlife should allow skunks to be relocated instead of euthanized. That’s why she won’t give permission for anyone to set foot on her property if they intend to kill them.
For now, the battle continues.