Skunks stink up Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The smell of love is in the air, at least for skunks. They’ve been leaving their personal odor across the city.

Paul Smith with the Environmental Health Department said the smell is more noticeable for a specific reason.

“We’re entering breeding season now and so the males are a lot more active and they’re out searching for mates right now,” said Smith.

Many residents said they can notice the smell often, too.

“I live in the South Valley so most of the smell I guess is close to the Rio Grande,” said Esteban Rodriguez.

“It was mostly when I was driving I had to do my air circulation because I couldn’t like breathe,” said Alysia Hernandez.

In addition to the smell, Smith said more activity means more run-ins.

“There’s a lot more opportunity for them to come encounter with people or with dogs,” said Smith. “They might feel threatened in those situations and that’s when they’re going to be spraying.”

Smith also said there is a way to skunk-proof your home during this time of year. He said skunks look for places like holes in fences, sheds and homes to den.

“Covering those up are going to keep skunks from coming on your property,” said Smith.

Smith said while the skunks can be found in the city, the majority will be in the Bosque due to brush and water. He also said if a skunk does spray, the odor will follow it on its fur for a bit.

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