If a skunk falls into a pool, most of the time it’s due to their poor eyesight. You can use a broom or a pool skimmer under the skunk to help it out. When the skunk is exhausted from swimming, it has to be left alone for some time so that it may recover. The skunk may not leave the property right away, but if it stays more than 2 hours, you should call a wildlife rehabilitator to help you out.
Some people are surprised to see a skunk in their pools, and they may think that they are cats at first. However, as they look closer, they will see that it is a skunk. Skunks are good swimmers and they will take time to rest on the top rung of a pool ladder. It is possible for the skunk to spray when it gets out of the pool, especially if it had been dragged out.
However, a small skunk may drown in a pool and will die if it is not helped out quickly. Sometimes a skunk may spray into the water, and it will take time to get rid of this smell. You will need to use serious filtering with high density cleaning in order to remove the entire smell.
Most of the time, when the skunk fell into the pool, they will not be able to get out on their own since they cannot use the ladder as humans do. When you see them in the pool, it is up to you to help it out using the available methods.
There are many ways to ensure that a skunk does not enter your pool or if it enters the pool, you can save it at once. When you have a pool alarm, it will sound when there is something that enters the pool, and this is an easy way to monitor the pool when you are not near it. Many towns require a yard fence or a pool fence. This will work fine depending on the fence and the animal you want to keep out. However, the skunk may still fall unknowingly or knowingly in the pool.
The steps on the pool cannot be used by the skunk since they need a place that looks more like a slope to escape. You may add a scamper ramp in the pool to save the animal’s life, and it will save you time and money. However, the skunks in the wild can swim and get out of streams and lakes on their own.
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