Sunday, February 24, 2013

Red Car Canyon: Another Reason To Keep Your Dogs On A Leash!

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 24, 2013, 10AM.  As we walked through Red Car Canyon, a neighbor warned us there was a skunk digging around in the grass in the wooded canyon.  We both remarked at how unusual it was to see skunks in the daylight. (Click on photos to enlarge) 

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 24, 2013.  At first the little skunk hightailed it under a fence into a Lake View Ave backyard.

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 24, 2013.  A moment later the skunk popped back out from under the fence.   Since you don't often see skunks in the daytime, I shot a lot of photos from a safe distance.  The skunk appeared healthy & alert.  It showed little fear of us once it realized the dogs were on leashes.

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 24, 2013.  The skunk was just really focused on digging up some tasty treat from the grassy area in the canyon between Lake View Ave, Riverside Place & Corralitas Drive.

Skunks are omnivorous and will dig up grubs, garbage, moles and bulbs just to name a few things.  If you feed your pets outside, pick up the food bowls as soon as they finish eating.  Learn more tips on living with skunks and other urban wildlife on the City's Animal Services website.

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