Thursday, September 12. 2019
This skunk fell inside a 3 feet deep window well while travelling along one night. Because skunks are poor climbers, he resorted to his innate ability to dig deeper to try to get out, which was unsuccessful. When Gates Wildlife technician Nick arrived on site he could barely see the skunk in the window well and thought he had possibly got out on his own while awaiting the rescue.
Upon further investigation Nick saw a piece of the skunk’s tail stick out from under the metal encasing within the well. The skunk had burrowed upwards toward the surface and was stuck, which led to Nick deciding the best way to free him was to dig under the skunk, undermining the ground below, causing the skunk to slide back into the open window well. Nick was able to carefully pick up the skunk, luckily without getting sprayed! The skunk was gently released nearby. It is more than likely that this skunk would have died if our customer had not noticed that he was in the well. We are very appreciative that they called our company out for the rescue because without Nick's fearless expertise this situation could have ended quite differently.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.