Residents are being warned about a surge of skunks in Cranbrook and Kimberley.
17 skunks were reported in the two cities last month, with more than half of the sightings in Kimberley.
Coordinator Danica Roussy says there were more skunks reported in July than any of the last three years, with the animals making themselves known in Townsite, the Louis Creek Trails, Morrison Sub and Marysville.
Roussy says skunks aren’t considered a problem animal, but can leave you with a nasty smell if caught off guard.
“The main type of trigger for a skunk to spray would be dogs of course,” Roussy says. A way to avoid that would be to leash your dog or to control your dog immediately, especially within city limits.”
Roussy says skunks can test positive for rabies, but there has never been a confirmed case of the animals carrying the disease in British Columbia.