We get skunks, possums, and raccoons on our porch just about every night, since we put out bird seed and cat food for random half-feral or outdoors cats that wander the neighborhood, and of course when you do this, everything else shows up to eat as well.
It's just a matter of course for us. It's no big deal to turn on the light and find, say, three skunks, a family of raccoons, and maybe a possum out there all at once or in quick succession.
One time we had a skunk and a raccoon; skunk was eating, minding its own business, raccoon was giving me a rueful look that the skunk was getting all the food. Then a possum arrived. Skunk tried to leave, had to walk past the possum. Possum opened its mouth wide and SNAPPED at the skunk's tail as it fled!
Raccoon meanwhile was helping itself to the food.
The possums are the least bothersome as they're rarest and least likely to carry nasty diseases. They usually ignore everything around them. The raccoons are cutest but most bothersome as they raid the bird feeders and can carry feline distemper. They often run off fast but one was kind of familiar toward me recently and would just wait nearby as I put out food; last year I would stand watch over an abandoned baby raccoon as it ate. (Recently had a mother and FIVE BABIES out there with her all at once.) The skunks are cute but annoying as they tend to show up in groups and get in squealy fights and stink the place up.
Chances are strong, almost certain, that if you encounter a skunk it will not just automatically spray you. They usually give warning and/or flee first. I can't count how often I've gone slowly out onto the porch and talked to nearby skunks trying to coax them to leave so I could put out food and I can be standing, like, right beside one talking to it for a few minutes before it even notices I'm there. They're not the most observant animals in the world, I guess.
They might fluff their tails at me but when they do notice me they usually turn and waddle off, some quicker than others. Have yet to get sprayed personally!
Once I even caught a glimpse of a fox out there before it turned and ran away!
If I don't reply to you, it's NOTHING PERSONAL. It's my ANXIETY.
(Devetko's boyfriend Stan Brooks & Det. Reichert are horsing around.)
Det. Kristeva: "If it were legal you'd marry me, right?"
Det. Devetko: "Definitely."
(It's legal now!! But Kristeva's already married. ;_; )
"No canoes...no maple sugar...this place is horribly uncivilized."--Manabozho, Escape From Manitou Island