This afternoon we received a call from a landowner in Aptos. They had just noticed a skunk was stuck in the netting of their batting cage. The animal had probably been entangled for at least 12 hours. Thankfully, the yard was shaded by surrounding redwoods, which prevented the struggling animal from overheating.
Equipped with eye protection, gloves, and a respirator mask, lead responder, Rebecca Dmytryk, approached the animal with a sheet. After draping the sheet over the skunk, she safely restrained its head, tucked its tail, and began methodically cutting the strands of material.
Once the youngster was completely untangled, she walked it just a few feet away and set it free. Both took off speedily in opposite directions!