Last nght about 4-5 am I was going back to sleep after checking on the pregnant mares. I was just about to drift off when I smelled a skunk that had just sprayed something under my house.
At 9 kctop and her husband came to trim horses. The smell was faint but still there. They left at 11am and as I was going back inside the skunk smell was overpowering.
I walked around the house and did not see any signs of animals
Went to the feed store while driving there smelled a slight skunk smell. As I was paying for the feed I noticed it again. Now I was concerned and when I got home started taking off pieces of clothing and smelling them.
It was on my shoes.
I then went outside and rode for an hour or more. After putting the horse away I noticed the skunk smell was very strong again.
I have a wooden deck that surrounds half of this house.
I knew the little peppy le pew wanna be was somewhere close but the continual spraying was worrying me.
I noticed he was next to the front steps and ramp laying out in the sun at 3pm panting very hard.
He heard me and then started staggering. I noticed it was scruffy and could not walk straight.
I called animal control they said they would be there in an hour.
Meanwhile smellie nellie started to move around and went under the porch'
I could not see it but about 20 minutes later he came out by the parked car.
I was not going to lose this odor bearing pest so istarted stomoing he started coming after me. I grabbed a milk crate and placed it over him.
The little SOB then proceeded toclimb through the thing I kicked it in the head and he still tried coming on. He was too weak to slip through. He did after about 5 minutes
I grabbed a plastic trash can and as I was walking toward it the odorous beast turned his tail to me and slapped me with some stink. Below my knees the smell could gag a maggot.
I decided I was already pretty rank so I went for it as he crawled toward the garage I scooped him up with the 50 gallon trash can.
Then animal control drove up and asked me what the problem was.
I said can't you smell it... the skunk was very unkempt and had matted hair and missing claws.
They gave it a shot and it was good bye Smelly .
He was showing some signs a rabid skunk might have. I then went into the house and grabbed a jug of vinegar took it in the shower and poured it over my pants and shoes.
I smell like a pickle.
We should know in 5-10 days if it is rabid.
Not worried about anything but the feral cats and if they start acting funny I will pop a cap in them.
I didnt want to shoot the skunk so close to the house but after it sprayed me I did not want to lose sight of it and go get the gun. Shalom