It was nice this afternoon to encounter this skunk (from an appropriate distance) near the top of Mount Wanda in Martinez and far away from traffic and other dangers.
Ann Shackelford, Contra Costa County, California
Mount Wanda in Martinez (CA) is a great place to go for a hike. As you discovered, there are lots of native wild creatures to meet and enjoy along the way. Skunks are actually gentle souls and usually friendly to people who encounter them in the wild. Especially if you stay calm and don’t try to get too close. I usually just stand quietly until they go along their way.
They DO get stressed at dogs who run up barking and yapping at them … and respond in the usual skunk way that ends up with that “hunt of mint” wafting through the air. And, of course, a very smelly dog.
If you do happen to be on a walk and your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, this formula neutralizes the skunk spray. Bathe your dog in this solution:
TAKE: 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (from a pharmacy); a quarter cup baking soda; 1 teaspoon liquid soap (I use Dawn). Mix together and wash sprayed animal for 5 minutes, rubbing it deep into the dog’s fur, keeping the mixture out of its eyes, nose and mouth. Rinse with tap water.
Don’t bottle this stuff. The mix causes a mild chemical reaction and expanding gases could “explode” into a BIG mess if confined in a bottle. Based on feedback from users, this recipe, as listed, is a suitable quantity for a small dog. You need to double it for medium-size dogs and triple it for large dogs. It’s amazingly effective./Gary