Skunks Causing Stinky Problem Across Chicago Area

WILMINGTON, Ill. (CBS) — Chicago area residents are having a real problem with skunks.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, at the Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Will County, people up early said they know neighbors who have their dogs sprayed by skunks recently.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports

Not far away, in Joliet, city officials discussed the issue at a recent city council meeting, where residents say the animals are a problem.

Joliet resident Kathy Molitor calls the skunk numbers epidemic. When the sun goes down, she gets her flashlight to make sure her dog Rocky is not in spray range.  Molitor says she’s actually had to pull him away from skunks on the prowl.

“It’s scary.  They’re very bold,” she tells CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman says.  “When they see you, they have no problem coming to the patio door.”

Licensed skunk trapper Leon Bilbrew of Ace In The Hole Wildlife Control says skunks like to burrow under places like porches – something to look out for.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the state’s skunk population has doubled over the past few years.

Skunks are non-aggressive, but will spray their musk when agitated or defensive. They warn they are about to spray by stomping their front feet and raising their tails with the fur fully extended, the University of Illinois explained.

Skunks can direct their spray up to 10 feet, and some of it can reach 20 feet.

The U of I advises mixing a quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap – and no water – to remove skunk odor. It can be used to wash clothes, human skin, or pets that have been sprayed by skunks, although the peroxide may lighten pets’ fur.

Tomato juice is also an old folk remedy for skunk odor, but several sources point out that the juice merely masks the smell rather than neutralizing it.

  • bob

    When will people get out and vote the skunks out of office and ge the stink out of the city?

  • Mike Green

    The absolute best way ti get rid of skunk order (and this is no joke) is with Massengill Douch.

  • Laura

    Skunks are so cute and yet so stinky! :P

  • Mary

    The skunks are at least better than all the RATS walking all over the place in broad daylight on the Northwest side of Chicago!! No joke either!! And of course our elected officials don’t do a darn thing!!!

  • kasey kochman

    that skunk looks like rick perry
    run people run

  • working man

    I live in Evergreen park we are seeing skunks here too. and they were not here be fore.

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