Look closely. Surprised to see her in the light of day, but I think this skunk was trying to make her way home, much to the chagrin of our neighbor’s dog. I don’t know if this is my gardening friend from last summer, but if not, I would guess it is a family member. She (or he?) is following her own corridor–how important these small stands of trees and shrubs are for our animal neighbors. But as to where she was headed–strange–under a fence or under a deck? Right into our human neighbor’s yard.
There were also some strange tracks in the snow two days ago in our yard. Bigger than the usual squirrel tracks–now I think that maybe they were hers as well. Margy took this photo. I read that skunks are rather inactive in winter, though not true hibernators. But they begin to be more active, looking for a mate in spring.
We’ve had a milder spell here where I live so I have started to keep my eyes open for skunks. I have noticed that the milder weather can bring them out. I think it is kind of cool that you have a snapshot of one making its way through a treed area.
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