Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

14 April

This particular fellow put in an appearance over the Easter weekend checking for snacks below a bird feeder before happily pottering away to follow where life leads.

Skunks are really pretty small mammals with the cutest youngsters you ever saw and really are of little threat to hmans of their pets unless cornered and threatened. True, the spray smells foul but they do not want to waste energy replenishing their armoury after using it so it’s pretty much a last resort weapon. They would much rather simply be given the opportunity to walk away form a fight.

A very useful creature to have in the neighbourhood as they control pests such as mice, grubs and larvae.

Striped Skunk wandering in the garden a couple of summers ago