“Mostly, unfortunately, the human-skunk relationship is one of inconvenience, a skunk surprising the family dog or the speeding car in the middle of the night. If the opportunity arises, people do like to watch skunks. They walk funny, their fur is that striking black-and-white, teased out like an ‘80s rock star. Skunks are cute. Skunks (experienced skunks, anyway) will ignore people who encounter them (and they can’t see very well), then give a warning (a hiss and a stomp) if they feel threatened by noise or movement, raising their tail and spraying if disturbed or attacked. They reportedly are repelled by whistling and mothballs.”
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