Monthly Archives: May 2022

Perils of trail maintenance

Striped Skunk

Too busy to get my own, but here is someone else’s photo of a striped skunk…

We worked in a little trail maintenance on April 20th.  Me and a friend and his dog finished clearing abut a mile of trail along the foot of Glacier View Mountain, but not without difficulty. We were nearly finished when the dog came running back to us with an angry, territorial skunk on his heels. After several extremely malodorous minutes, involving a number of bluff charges and other displays of aggression, the skunk backed off and let us continue down the trail. The dog avoided a direct hit, but did get a little stinky. I have named the skunk “Putin,” which seemed poetically appropriate.