We all know that now is the time we need to watch out for kids as they make their way back to school. Unfortunately, this uniquely colored skunk didn’t want to be left out. Staff knew that a critter had been spending time in the washroom at night, but on Friday, Aug. 20, he was there for lunch count. You might imagine the panic this caused school administrators.
A skunk foraging in the field on a warm summer evening is a Kodak moment. One in the school bathroom is a panic attack. This one likely found its way into the school when a door was left open while summer workers were readying the school for the kids’ return. However it got there, when wildlife gets into places that could make it become a nuisance, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has information on how best to deal with it. In many cases, making the area less desirable to the animal will do the trick. Other times, the animal must be removed. MDC has live traps available for loan at no cost. Special covered traps for skunks are also available.
This skunk was trapped and released some distance from the school, and neither he nor his trappers were worse for the wear. For more information on borrowing a live trap or suggestions on handling nuisance wildlife, call the Twin Pines staff at 573-325-1381.