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Home Sweet Home....Skunk home that is.
During a recent trip to our toolshed when finishing the last of the fall chores, my nose was greeted by the latest backyard creature to move in for the winter. We did not have to meet face to face nor did it provide any references from previous places it occupied. Pepe le Pew(cartoon skunk) just pushed aside the token board blocking access to the below ground hole that has been home to many creatures. Since building the toolshed opossums, ground hogs, skunks(Pepe is not the first) and even a badger have at one time or another resided in its dark recesses. The neighbors cat takes shelter during summer rain storms and it makes a great snow free stopover for feline yard-prowling in the winter. Now that the skunk has moved in other animals tend to stay away. There goes the neighborhood!!
With the cold temperatures, activity in the back yard is at a minimum. Our paths are unlikely to cross. This is good. After all Mephitis Mephitis needs a place to hang its hat. At least for the winter. Springtime will be a different story. And another blog entry. Can you hear that? I think I hear snoring.....Zzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz
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When in Texas we have lots of places for animals to call home.I haven't had a skunk find a home.Armadilos love to find a home under my old candle house.They root up my yard.I don't kill them as they are not as many as there use to be. Yep I hear zzzzzzz.
The last skunk to occupy the toolshed bungalow had three children. Cute and playful as they were, mom was usually close by. Caution always dictated viewing their evening fun time. When the kids were old enough the family was sent packing. The badger moved in soon afterward.
It's hard not to wonder what kind of social interactions take place under the shed between potential occupants. Jerry, you have a way of making our animal and plant friends seem so familiar. It's very charming.
Lovely - amongst all the agitation and garden mayhem they may cause from time to time - your garden is truly a 'garden'