So today I was called out to go pick up a skunk in one of our traps. I have been doing this off and on for 19 years and have literally trapped hundreds of skunks.
The operation is simple if you get a skunk in a non-skunk trap. Approach the trap quickly and throw a blanket or tarp over it. Supposedly a skunk will not spray what it cannot see. This has always worked for me and I've never had a problem.
Well today my luck ran out. First off the skunk was in one of our large animal traps, which do not fit in the back of my truck with all my gear and equipment. No biggie, I'll just wrap the cage with a blanket and throw him in the passenger seat. Once again, I've done this many times with no issue.
Blanket over trap....check!
Pick up cage.............check!
Put cage in truck.....check.....wait, what is that smell? Crap!!!
And I had the awesome priviledge of riding around with that smell for the next 12 hours.
Here was the culprit just before I let him go.