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Message 928073 - Posted: 22 Aug 2009, 20:38:23 UTC - in response to Message 928071.
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Ugh! A skunk sprayed in our backyard last night. I suspect the cause of the spraying was a raccoon baby (or babies). Skunks only spray as a matter of last resort, but baby raccoons sometimes get skunks to that point pretty quickly.

I did not witness the incident, but my guess it that when Mask and Wednesday return tonight with their Mama, they will both be somewhat fragrant. Our backyard is only vaguely skunky today, which is why I suspect the primary target was something moving, like a baby raccoon.

Oh well, such is the price we pay for regular backyard evening entertainment...

Ah yes, Skunk warfare, Witnessed after the fact by impartial personnel and out of sight of the belligerents. ;)
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Message 928085 - Posted: 22 Aug 2009, 22:27:48 UTC - in response to Message 928073.

Ugh! A skunk sprayed in our backyard last night. I suspect the cause of the spraying was a raccoon baby (or babies). Skunks only spray as a matter of last resort, but baby raccoons sometimes get skunks to that point pretty quickly.

I did not witness the incident, but my guess it that when Mask and Wednesday return tonight with their Mama, they will both be somewhat fragrant. Our backyard is only vaguely skunky today, which is why I suspect the primary target was something moving, like a baby raccoon.

Oh well, such is the price we pay for regular backyard evening entertainment...

Ah yes, Skunk warfare, Witnessed after the fact by impartial personnel and out of sight of the belligerents. ;)

When I was at a summer camp a long time ago, one of the dogs rolled a skunk into the head councilors sleeping bag...
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Message 928091 - Posted: 22 Aug 2009, 22:40:27 UTC - in response to Message 928085.

Ugh! A skunk sprayed in our backyard last night. I suspect the cause of the spraying was a raccoon baby (or babies). Skunks only spray as a matter of last resort, but baby raccoons sometimes get skunks to that point pretty quickly.

I did not witness the incident, but my guess it that when Mask and Wednesday return tonight with their Mama, they will both be somewhat fragrant. Our backyard is only vaguely skunky today, which is why I suspect the primary target was something moving, like a baby raccoon.

Oh well, such is the price we pay for regular backyard evening entertainment...

Ah yes, Skunk warfare, Witnessed after the fact by impartial personnel and out of sight of the belligerents. ;)

When I was at a summer camp a long time ago, one of the dogs rolled a skunk into the head councilors sleeping bag...

Suuuuure. Blame it on the dog. I bet "the dog" farted a lot too. :-)

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Message 928097 - Posted: 22 Aug 2009, 23:28:15 UTC - in response to Message 928091.

Ugh! A skunk sprayed in our backyard last night. I suspect the cause of the spraying was a raccoon baby (or babies). Skunks only spray as a matter of last resort, but baby raccoons sometimes get skunks to that point pretty quickly.

I did not witness the incident, but my guess it that when Mask and Wednesday return tonight with their Mama, they will both be somewhat fragrant. Our backyard is only vaguely skunky today, which is why I suspect the primary target was something moving, like a baby raccoon.

Oh well, such is the price we pay for regular backyard evening entertainment...

Ah yes, Skunk warfare, Witnessed after the fact by impartial personnel and out of sight of the belligerents. ;)

When I was at a summer camp a long time ago, one of the dogs rolled a skunk into the head councilors sleeping bag...

Suuuuure. Blame it on the dog. I bet "the dog" farted a lot too. :-)

The dog slept outside, so that would not have been an issue.
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Message 928557 - Posted: 25 Aug 2009, 3:53:52 UTC

Outside of our neighborhood (8 houses away), there seems to be a "Skunk Crossing".

2 skunks got hit this weekend and the whole neighborhood just REEKS...it's horrible.
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Message 928670 - Posted: 26 Aug 2009, 2:11:31 UTC - in response to Message 928557.

Outside of our neighborhood (8 houses away), there seems to be a "Skunk Crossing".

2 skunks got hit this weekend and the whole neighborhood just REEKS...it's horrible.

Have you thought about investing in a good gas mask?

I remember driving down a country road and wondering about a stench. About 2 miles down the road, we came across the dead skunk.
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Message 928713 - Posted: 26 Aug 2009, 4:51:57 UTC

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Wednesday and Mask are becoming quite tame. See how close we can get now to take their pictures.

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Message 929385 - Posted: 29 Aug 2009, 1:58:15 UTC

A few years ago I had a field near Wichita, Kansas, where I raised peonies. One day I went to work on the peonies, parking my truck on a terrace. As I worked, I noticed a couple of dogs courseing in another part of the field. Then the biggest skunk {at least it seemed that way} I had ever seen ambled into view along the terrace. Needless to say I froze. When it reached about three feet away, I must made some kind of movement. It whipped into position, with its tail raised, and looking over its shoulder. The tableau was frozen for what seemed like forever. I was hopeing those dogs would stay wher they were. I guess it decided I was part of the landscape, because it resumed its normal position and started toward the truck. Again I must have made some slight movement, because instant replay, and I was stareing down the barrel again. It must have decided I was nothing or that it had scared me to death, because went back to normal position and walked off behind the truck. I was almost sick from lack of breathing. I decided I had done enough with the peonies, got in the truck and went home.
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Message 929557 - Posted: 29 Aug 2009, 22:36:04 UTC


. . . he's 'still' lookin' for a home ;))

[like 'is shelter ?]




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Message 929643 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009, 7:04:26 UTC

I think he's trying to get himself shipped to my house! He knows where the good eats are...

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Message 929670 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009, 10:56:08 UTC - in response to Message 926032.

Ahah! A thread after my own heart!

Congratulations Angela!!!

Long life, much merriment!!! :]]

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Message 929671 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009, 10:58:30 UTC - in response to Message 929385.

A few years ago I had a field near Wichita, Kansas, where I raised peonies. One day I went to work on the peonies, parking my truck on a terrace. As I worked, I noticed a couple of dogs courseing in another part of the field. Then the biggest skunk {at least it seemed that way} I had ever seen ambled into view along the terrace. Needless to say I froze. When it reached about three feet away, I must made some kind of movement. It whipped into position, with its tail raised, and looking over its shoulder. The tableau was frozen for what seemed like forever. I was hopeing those dogs would stay wher they were. I guess it decided I was part of the landscape, because it resumed its normal position and started toward the truck. Again I must have made some slight movement, because instant replay, and I was stareing down the barrel again. It must have decided I was nothing or that it had scared me to death, because went back to normal position and walked off behind the truck. I was almost sick from lack of breathing. I decided I had done enough with the peonies, got in the truck and went home.
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Good story, Ed. :]]

I had an ex-girlfriend like that; whenever you were about to do something she didn't like, she threatened to make a big stink! LOL



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Message 929699 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009, 14:32:05 UTC - in response to Message 929671.

Thanks Beets!
None of my girlfrends were like that, but a few relatives sometimes got nasty.
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Message 929762 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009, 18:14:26 UTC - in response to Message 929557.
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. . . he's 'still' lookin' for a home ;))

[like 'is shelter ?]




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Message 929909 - Posted: 31 Aug 2009, 10:53:56 UTC - in response to Message 929643.


I think he's trying to get himself shipped to my house! He knows where the good eats are...


@ Angela:

. . . actually - now that i think 'bout it - i realized - via an e-mail notification - he mentioned that he's 'opened' the door to 'is little shelter for your little one - your avatar [Angela] ;)))

< 'hinted' that 'e 'ad some 'etchin's' to show . . . ;)))))


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Message 930063 - Posted: 1 Sep 2009, 0:11:05 UTC - in response to Message 928713.

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Wednesday and Mask are becoming quite tame. See how close we can get now to take their pictures.


Awwww!!

Don't you feel tempted to bend down and pat him? Right there on his head and down his back?



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Message 930066 - Posted: 1 Sep 2009, 0:22:14 UTC - in response to Message 930063.

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Wednesday and Mask are becoming quite tame. See how close we can get now to take their pictures.


Awwww!!

Don't you feel tempted to bend down and pat him? Right there on his head and down his back?



I sure wouldn't, They may have Rabies and out of fear could bite, As their still wild animals, just cause their getting food from Humans, Doesn't make them tame or domesticated like a cat or a dog.
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Message 930094 - Posted: 1 Sep 2009, 3:10:14 UTC

Don't you feel tempted to bend down and pat him?


Fuzzy, some of my raccoons do come close enough for me to pet them but I have never tried. It is unwise.

To a baby raccoon, my finger could be a fun plaything and/or a tasty treat!!!

Eric and I have both been through the pre-rabies vaccination series, but raccoons are carriers of other diseases nobody wants. And even if my babies are miraculously disease-free, their tiny teeth look very very sharp to me.

Cute as they are, I have never tried to touch one or let one eat out of my hand. (My mama didn't raise no dummy!)

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Message 930097 - Posted: 1 Sep 2009, 3:14:44 UTC - in response to Message 930094.

Don't you feel tempted to bend down and pat him?


Fuzzy, some of my raccoons do come close enough for me to pet them but I have never tried. It is unwise.

To a baby raccoon, my finger could be a fun plaything and/or a tasty treat!!!

Eric and I have both been through the pre-rabies vaccination series, but raccoons are carriers of other diseases nobody wants. And even if my babies are miraculously disease-free, their tiny teeth look very very sharp to me.

Cute as they are, I have never tried to touch one or let one eat out of my hand. (My mama didn't raise no dummy!)

I have to agree, It's not worth doing.
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