Skunks found a friend last night on the Evanston City Council.
During a Human Services Committee meeting report on the city’s rodent control efforts, Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, suggested she’d like to see the program expanded to include killing the skunks that have been targeting her neighborhood.
But Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, leaped to the mammals‘ defense.
“They eat the grubs in your grass,” Fiske said, “To protect themselves they can smell really bad, but other than that they do no harm.”
Most of the time, Fiske added, there’s no problem with a skunk “unless a dog decides to initiate an interaction” with one.
“There isn’t the same personal risk associated with them as with rats,” she said, adding that she’s “been amazed at how polite some skunks can be when your directly interact with them.”
“If there aren’t enough grubs in the lawn, they move on in two or three days.”