My ‘so very country’ mother is in the kitchen looking out at a skunk in our back yard. She seems to have it in her mind that a skunk is a vicious sprayer that will stink on people just because it’s a fucking skunk.
I’m trying to explain that as long as you don’t actively approach it or make it feel threatened, you can continue to go about your business, and if you’re just sitting, the skunk can even come within touching distance without a problem. My father once pet a skunk that walked up to him while he was sitting, and he thought it was one of his cats.
So, dear people of the internet, remember: Skunks generally don’t give a shit about you unless you approach it in a threatening manner. The skunk will also threaten before spraying by turning around and lifting its butt.