I'm fairly sure a skunk has taken up residence under my deck. I'm concerned that my dogs may be sprayed, or worse contract a disease and/or parasites from the animal.
Our area is loaded with skunks, and I recently noticed a hole dug out leading under our low deck. I often smell a skunky aroma in the evening and at night, especially in the vicinity of the deck. I'm not positive it's a skunk den, and I'm also not sure how to confirm either way.
Once I've determined it's a skunk den (or not), I'd like to persuade the animal to leave. I now live within city limits, so my typical shotgun remedy is out of the question (neighbors and local law enforcement don't like late night shotgun blasts, or maybe any shotgun blasts). Since we live in a politically correct world, and this is a PC site, solutions should be humane.