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Cover Painting by Gerald W. Putt
The words "White Lace & Velvet" might conjure up images of an
August wedding, but the curiosity exhibited by the handsome
buck depicted in Gerald W. Putt's cover image might put a quick
end to this "marriage." A limited edition of 150 14- by 18-inch
giclee prints on stretched canvas are available from the artist for
$233.20 delivered. Order from Gerald Putt, P.O. Box 184, Boiling
Springs, PA 17007 or visit his website at www.geraldputtart.com

There's no hiding an encounter with a
skunk from your friends and family. No
elixir remedies the stench immediately.
You simply have to take the ride. After a
while, you get used to it; it just takes time
until everyone else does.
If you find yourself in a skunk's
crosshairs - maybe rescuing your dog or
housecat - stay back! A skunk can fire
at least 10 feet, even a little farther with
some wind, or if it does a handstand. Yep,
both striped and spotted skunks do this,
spotteds more than stripeds.
The skunk has two anal glands, and
it's the skunk's prerogative whether to
give you one or both barrels. So, don't
torque him off! I've found skunks are less
intimidated when you talk to them calmly
and move slowly. But just remember,
wildlife often reacts differently to specific
conditions.
Each skunk, after all, is an individual.
One final thought on skunks and musk:
skunks are capable of spraying at about
one week of age. So, don't take youngsters for granted.
If you see a skunk where it doesn't
belong, yell at it like you would a dog or
cat hunting or marking territory in your
yard. Usually it'll leave immediately. If
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not, approach it shining a flashlight on
its eyes and vocally encourage it to leave.
Stay upwind and get no closer than 30
feet. Skunks rarely are defiant.
Skunks clearly don't have many
issues moving about in the wild or in
rural America. They mostly are afoot
when we've retired for the day, or when
our yards settle down. They seem to get
along well enough with raccoons and
opossums, which also are working the
night shift in most neighborhoods. But
that probably stems more from differing
food interests than tolerance.
Whitetails surely encounter skunks
through spring, summer and fall. But
literature and my time afield have offered
no significant reasons why they wouldn't
simply get along. However, it's hardly
something that's easy to study, or observe
regularly. It seems possible the curiosity of whitetails, particularly fawns, has
compelled a skunk to spray somewhere.
Whitetails live relatively short lives
in Penn's Woods and most are on their
own after their first winter, if they make
it through the hunting seasons. So, it begs
the question: How much do deer really
know about skunks?
Maybe the tell-tale smell of musk
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