Re: Skunks Keep Away techniques?
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 18:16:52 -0500
David F. Delman wrote:
> Fellow Scouters
> Any tried and trued methods of keeping the skunks away from the
> campers so they can have a nights sleep.
I don' have any suggestions for keeping skunks away, but your query
brought a "skunk" story to mind. Hope y'all enjoy it! :)
Many years ago, at least 20, in a state far away my wife and I were
camping with our then three year old and six month old sons at a
campground near the Jersey shore. It was dusk and the boys were both
asleep in our tent. My wife and I were sitting on the picnic table
talking. We looked up to see a skunk ambling down the driveway into our
camp. We stood very still on top of the table as he (she?) sniffed
around under it. Then we wondered what to do as his attention turned
toward the tent. The tent was closed up so we just hoped that the skunk
did not become alarmed. In a short while he ambled out the backside of
our camp into a small clearing that was, by this time, drenched in
moonlight. We breathed a sigh of relief!
Then, to our dismay, a second skunk came out of the woods on the other
side of the clearing. Simultaneously two striped tails stood straight
up in the moonlight. The two skunks danced past each other without
incident. The first entered the woods; the second entered our camp. He
(she?) repeated the sniffing routine around the tent and picnic table
and started up the driveway to the road. Whew!
Then the dog in the next campsite started barking! The striped tail went
up again! Thank God the dog was on a leash! :)
We camped there for two more nights without further incident.
Len Christiansen email@example.com
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