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Neighbors blame animal rescue for recent skunk problem


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Neighborhood Watch members in the Saxet Heights area are growing increasingly concerned about the amount of skunks that have been spotted lately. Several neighboring sid skunks have been aggressive and are causing problems to their way of life.

“He doesn’t understand why the people who usually love him run away from him,” Robert McCardy said of his dog, Wedo.

McCardy heads to his patio with his coffee every morning, which is where he and Wedo run a skunk.

“Wednesday of last week when he went out with me, he got sprayed by the skunk,” McCardy said. “So I had to find a way to bathe him and get rid of that smell. Then again (Wednesday) he got sprayed again (Wednesday).”

McCardy isn’t the only one who’s had to deal with skunk interactions lately. Others said they came face to face.

Estella Sanders said she saw many skunks from her window as they tried to get into her trash cans.

“I don’t know what to do to protect my grandson except keep him inside the house,” Sanders said. “Is it fair for me and is it fair for him?”

“There are neighbors who have never seen skunks in this neighborhood. 65 years without skunks,” said Scott Harris, another concerned neighbor.

These neighbors, think, they know what the problem is. There’s a wildlife rescue in the neighborhood.

The rescue owner declined an interview, but she told KRIS 6 News that she takes care of animals like skunks, squirrels, possums and more. She has done this in several places over the years.

“There’s really only one person who has skunks or keeps skunks and now they’ve gone crazy all over the neighborhood and they’re affecting residents, they’re affecting other pets,” Harris said. .

“There’s no way these skunks are from somewhere else,” said a concerned citizen, who declined to use her real name. “It’s evident with the moment on his Facebook page and when skunks first appear in this neighborhood.

But…the owner of this wildlife rescue center said she never released her animals into the neighborhood. She said they are taken to other animal facilities or away from town.

This same concerned citizen said he would like the help of this wildlife rescue to solve his problem.

“Help us get the skunks out of the neighborhood and relocate them for us,” the concerned citizen said. “We don’t know how to do it. I tagged her. I tried to contact her through a message and tagged her on it.

All of the neighbors who spoke to KRIS 6 News said they had never seen the owner of the shelter, in person, with her animals. They only saw his social media posts.

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