A local wildlife group is reporting a surge of skunks in Cranbrook and Kimberley.
WildSafe BC’s Danica Roussey says she receives about eight calls a week about the animals near homes.
Roussy says the hot weather is bringing out the pests in droves.
“I was just on the phone with a lady in Cranbrook. She’s actually taken out five skunks in the past week,” Roussy says. “Her dog has been sprayed a couple of times and its getting pretty frustrating.”
Roussy says people are trapping at least 5-8 skunks in their yards every two weeks.
“Basically, if you want to exclude skunks from an occupied den, its best to do so after dark when you know the skunk has left,” Roussy says. “Alternatively, you could fix a hinge piece of mesh wire over the entrance that the animal can push to get out of the den, but cannot get back in.”
Residents are reminded to store all potential food in a secure location and block off entrances or holes in your home or shed.
Roussy says motion-activated lights and sprinklers also serve as a good deterrent to keep the stinky intruders away.
– Wildsafe BC Cranbrook-Kimberley Coordinator, Danica Roussy
– Jeff Johnson