Skunks love this warm winter

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The warm weather has been great not only for humans but for some of our furry friends.

Well, like the rest of us, the skunks are loving this warm weather. They don’t hibernate. And while they don’t move around much in the winter, we are still seeing them out.

Its important to know to keep a tidy yard. It will help to keep these animals away. The warm weather is not just welcoming for the skunks it could be creating more of them.

Pam Peebles, executive director of Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, said, “I think everyone’s a little fooled by the weather and really not sure what to make of it, so our skunks are out foraging more and were not sure if this will throw their litters off, usually they have babies May or June.”

If the nice weather continues, we could be seeing even more skunks soon. It’s also a good idea to keep your dog on a leash, and your cat indoors, because you don’t want them getting sprayed by a skunk. The smell is nearly impossible to get rid of.

If you need to get rid of the skunk smell, Peebles recommended to use:

  • Dawn Dish Detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Peroxide

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