Skunks next to the house are no fun.
Had a litter of them several years ago and going out the door was always an adventure.
I had a black and white cat named Molly.
I was napping in a lounge chair on the front porch one evening.
I woke up in a haze and saw a black and white creature coming right towards me.
I thought it was Molly but something didn't seem quite right in her movement.
As the fog of sleep faded I realized it was a skunk about 5 feet away from me.
A quick holler made the skunk change direction and walk away.
Luckily I wasn't gifted with it's defense mechanism.
Several times that year I opened the front door to a skunk and her little ones right outside the door.
And walks around the property lead to several encounters.
The little ones are cute but that year there was and aroma that made you exercise caution.
Oh here's Molly.
She's moved on to another world but she was the best mouser to ever live.