Saturday, July 22nd

Over the past few weeks, a very distinct, and pungent, odor has perfumed the air – that of skunk.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, skunk is defined as “any of various common omnivorous black-and-white New World mammals (especially genus Mephitis) of the weasel family that have a pair of perineal glands from which a secretion of pungent and offensive odor is ejected.”

In other words, it’s a black-and-white house-cat-sized creature that can create quite a stink if one’s dog gets sprayed or a person hits one with a vehicle.

Dave Mathes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist in Vernon County, said at this time of year the young are getting their eyes and ears open and need more nutrition, so mother skunks are out more in the evenings and nights foraging for food, and there is an increase in spraying.