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What to do if you see a skunk

Watch for spraying signals. A startled skunk shows she is ready to spray by raising her tail, standing on her hind legs, and pounding her front legs on the ground. Should you see any of these behaviors, back slowly and quietly away.

Avoid making loud noises, moving quickly, or taking other steps that could be interpreted by the skunk as a threat.

Slowly move away from an approaching skunk if you’re standing still. Because they have such poor eyesight, skunks will approach people and other animals that are standing quietly. If you see one approaching, calmly turn around and walk in the other direction.

If you are sprayed by a skunk, here is a remedy to rid you of the stench:

• 1 qt 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

• ¼ cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

• 1 tsp liquid soap or dish detergent

Mix these together and bathe (“shampoo” in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.

Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.

Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.

For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.