The setting: My backyard
The culprit: The skunk
The Time: RIGHT before I left for work
Since I’ve moved into my new home I’ve had a few run-is with wildlife. I’ve found out there are mountain lions, deer and skunks roaming around my property. This presents a problem for several reasons; the first of course, is the safety of my family and dogs. The second is the idea of my dogs and kids being sprayed by skunks.
I did some research and found “Kno-Spray” live traps. There was even video of them on youtube. They had a 100% no spray guarantee so I felt pretty confident about my purchase. I received them a few weeks later and set them up one night after work. The next morning I had already gotten ready for work and decided to check them on my way out; I honestly didn’t think I would catch one on the first night. I was delighted to find a skunk in it and decided to take it down to the pond and get rid of it. It was in that moment I found out “kno-spray” was a lie. I was sprayed mere inches from the skunk. A direct hit! I dropped the trap and ran back to the house. I had to get to work so I changed my clothes and figured I’d be ok. When I walked into the morning meeting the girls at work all started commenting on my cologne: Eau De Skunk. Basically it was a bunch of comments like, “Ew! What’s that smell?” “Do you smell skunk?” “Crap is there a skunk in the parking lot?” Obviously I had to run back home and shower before I could see patients.
The rest of the day passed without incident. When I got home I saw that the boys didn’t take care of the skunk like I had asked so I went to deal with public enemy #1. As I approached the trap I was almost overcome with the stench. The skunk was mad and had been spraying all day long. I took the trap to the pond, tied rope around it and sunk the skunk. I noticed a ripple in the water so I leaned over the edge when much to my horror I saw the trap open and the skunk escape. Before I knew it the skunk had surfaced and was running, nay sprinting, toward me. I turned and ran as fast as I could while screaming for Jeena to get me the shotgun. She handed me the gun like a well-rehearsed baton pass in an Olympic relay race. I started to run after the skunk and realized it was gone. I stopped dead in my tracks and scanned the area. GONE. It’s back into the woods, plotting its revenge. Skunk 1 – Tyler 0.