British Columbia

Boxes of skunks left outside New Westminster animal services office

Officials are asking people to stop dumping the animals with the city because it isn't equipped to deal with urban wildlife.

3 of the animals have been dumped at front gate recently even though facility isn't equipped to handle them

File photo of a baby skunk. New Westminster Animal Services is asking people to stop leaving skunks in boxes at their facility. (AP)

Nancy Millar wants the good citizens of New Westminster, B.C., to stop leaving boxed skunks at the front gate of her office.

It's happened twice in recent days, said Millar, the city's senior animal services director.

"We don't deal with wildlife ... I don't know why they were brought here," she said.

The first box contained a mother and baby. The second box — which was helpfully labelled, "skunk, please be careful" — contained only a baby. Both boxes were dumped when the facility was closed.

New Westminster Animal Services normally deals with domestic animals like dogs and cats.

One of the baby skunks recently left at New Westminster Animal Service. (New Westminster Animal Services)

"If people had contacted us first we would have told them a better direction to go than to leave skunks in a box at the front gate," said Millar.

Staff don't know who dumped the skunks or how they were captured.

The animals were not ill or injured but were "totally terrified at being boxed up and having to come into close contact with humans unnecessarily," according to a post on social media.

Millar says the situation wasn't as stinky as some might assume because baby skunks don't have the capacity to spray very much or very far.

Someone helpfully wrote on the box: 'Skunk, please be careful.' (New Westminster Animal Services)

"They can't do a lot of damage," she said. "The other thing is they need to be standing on solid ground because they sort of hunker down into their back legs to shoot."

According to Millar, people should consult experts like Critter Care Wildlife Society before trying to capture urban wildlife or nuisance animals.  

The three skunks have been transferred to a Critter Care facility in Langley.


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