Thursday, July 1, 2010

Red Car Canyon: Dead Skunk Alert

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 1, 2010. Last night, a neighbor emailed me about a dead skunk in the narrowest part of the canyon. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

If you're walking your dogs in Red Car Canyon this weekend, keep them on a leash if you don't want them rolling in the dead skunk. I caught a neighbor's dog tasting it this morning.

The skunk was most likely hit by a car and attempted to crawl back to a safe area. There is really good skunk habitat (dead logs, dense cover) on the slope above the skunk's final resting place.

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 1, 2010. Dead skunk is located on the Lake View side of the canyon. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Animals can make it quite a ways after being hit by a car. They succumb to internal injuries hours or days later. I once found a cat that had been hit by a car in almost the same location. It was trying to get back to his home on Lake View.