Unwelcome Wildlife Causing Stink In Canal Winchester

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Neighbors in one central Ohio city said on Friday that they have a growing skunk problem.

Erin Burchwell said that she loves taking her dogs out in the backyard of the Creekside Drive house that she has lived in for almost a decade.

Lately, though, she said that she cannot play with her dogs in peace.

“We feel kind of like prisoners in our house after dusk,” Burchwell said. “They’re coming out earlier and earlier now.”

Burchwell said that her dog has been sprayed about five times, including three times this summer.

“We’ve always had a lot of wildlife, we’re very wooded, we’re a well established neighborhood,” Burchwell said. “About three summers ago is the first time my dogs got sprayed, and it’s been a continually growing problem.”

Cody Long said that her cat had an allergic reaction to being sprayed by a skunk.

“We had to take her to the vet,” Long said. “Her fur started falling out.”

Long said that her cat still is not better and is losing a lot of fur.

According to Burchwell, the neighborhood’s skunk problem has cost her a lot of money.

“It’s a terrible, expensive process,” Burchwell said. “Not only do you have to bathe them outside, throw away everything you have on, but you have to groom them afterwards. If it gets in your house, which if they’re near the air conditioning unit, you’ve got to rent some air purifiers, which gets expensive.”

Burchwell said that she was unaware of any people in her neighborhood being sprayed.

“It’s only a matter of time,” Burchwell said.

Neighbors said that the skunk problem has become a public nuisance and would like help from the city to help remove the animals.

City officials were not immediately available for comment.

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