'There's a reason not many people do skunk research'
David Hutton and Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenixPublished: Tuesday, October 10, 2006
For the fourth year in a row, University of Saskatchewan biology student Travis Quirk spent his summer with a colony of wild skunks in rural Manitoba.
Because of his research, the PhD candidate has become a veritable expert in how to deal with their aroma...
..."When people encounter a skunk they should be slow (and) steady, with no quick movements," he says. "You can read their body language and, if they're calm, they usually won't spray. It's a last resort.
"But if you make sudden movements, they'll spray you. They're skunks. That's what they do when they feel threatened." If a person or a pet does get sprayed, Quirks says a "magic remedy" made from one quart of three-per-cent hydrogen peroxide, a half cup of baking soda and a tablespoon of liquid dish soap should tame the smell.
"Skunks aren't going to eat you and kill you," he says. "Sure you can get sprayed, but you can still walk away at the end of the day."