WATCH: California Skunk Gets Head Stuck In Fishing Tackle Box

By Logan DeLoye

June 24, 2022

Portrait of skunk in grass
Photo: Getty Images

It's not everyday that a police sergeant is tasked with removing a skunk's head from a fishing tackle box, but today was Sergeant Ramirez' lucky day.

The Clearlake Police Department took to Facebook to update followers regarding the situation.

"Last night, Sergeant Ramirez came to the aid of a local skunk in need of some assistance. You see, the critter came across a bait box and based on the investigation, it seems this poof of black and white fur became curious as to what treasure was hidden deep inside. In pursuit of potential good eats, the skunk stuck its head a bit too far and became stuck, dragging the box around and unable to remove it’s newfound plastic regalia."

Last night, Sergeant Ramirez came to the aid of a local skunk in need of some assistance. You see, the critter came across a bait box and based on the investigation, it seems this poof of black and white fur became curious as to what treasure was hidden deep inside. In pursuit of potential good eats, the skunk stuck its head a bit too far and became stuck, dragging the box around and unable to remove it’s newfound plastic regalia. In accordance with his extensive training (ok, seriously we have no training on dealing with skunks) - Sgt. Ramirez, under the watchful eye of K9 Officer Eagle, carefully assisted the skunk and set it on its way. While the skunk did not stick around to offer its gratitude, it also did not spray its helper (or videographer). We do not know the name of this skunk, but, don’t panic - a Google search for “skunk names” reveals quite a few suggestions. If you have any questions regarding caring for skunks, rescuing them, etc. please contact Sgt. Ramirez. Actually, please don’t. Call an expert. But, he has a big heart for animals, so let’s give him a shout out for helping out!

Posted by Clearlake Police Department on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The post also mentioned that because Sgt. Ramirez was extremely careful when handing the skunk, it did not spray him. The skunk was quick to flee the scene after being rescued. The police department jokingly recommended Ramirez as a skunk source following the incident.

"If you have any questions regarding caring for skunks, rescuing them, etc. please contact Sgt. Ramirez. Actually, please don’t. Call an expert. But, he has a big heart for animals, so let’s give him a shout out for helping out!"
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