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Who to call when you spot a skunk

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A few days back, my neighbor spotted a skunk outside of his home during the day. He said it was trying to dig through the pavers near his bushes.
The animal wasn't acting aggressive, but he said it laid down and died not long after he spotted it.

He called the Humane Society, but because the animal had died on what's technically city property, a pothole crew came the next day to pick it up.
Public health officials say the best thing to do when you spot a skunk during the day is to keep your distance.

"So, if you seek a skunk out during the day, it's likely to be rabid and we recommend that you keep your children away from it, you stay away from it, keep your pets away," said Shannon Rowe, an epidemiologist with El Paso County Public Health.

But who can you call for help? Well, if the animal is on your private property, then you can call an exterminator. 

If it dies on City property, like my neighbor experienced, then you can call them to pick it up. Their number is 719-385-5934.

Rowe said the health department has a pest control business they contract with for emergencies such as an aggressive skunk spotted near a school or a daycare.

She recommends that people who see a skunk during the day to call the CO-HELP hotline run by the state health department. That number is 1-877-462-2911.

City workers have collected 86 dead skunks so far this year. A spokesperson said they picked up around 200 of them last year.

There have been 45 confirmed cases of rabid skunks discovered in all parts of El Paso County in 2018.

Members of the health department and the humane society say it is critical for pet owners to get their dogs and cats vaccinated.

"You know it's so important and we really try and stress it all the time," said Gretchen Pressley of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. "With all these cases of rabies that we're seeing in El Paso County, this is a wonderful time to remind everyone just how important vaccinations are for your pets."

Rabies vaccinations are mandatory for pet licensing in the City of Colorado Springs, even for animals that mostly stay indoors.

Pet owners can get their animals vaccinated at the humane society's clinic. Pressley said they're booked solid for the next three weeks. So, they're encouraging the public to schedule appointments online.

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