Does that skunk come with the home?
All was ready to close the home sale the next day, but when we did the final walk-through, we discovered a skunk who had recently taken up residence in the 4-foot-deep window well of the egress window in the basement. (Definitely was not there during inspections, as contractor opened and closed the window to check operation).
This skunk was indeed alive and well(?), and should have been hibernating, but it stirred and was shivering in the ten-degree cold. Since there was two feet of snow covered with a sheen of ice on the very frozen ground, he was just huddled in a corner up against the window.
The soon-to-be-owner inquired about options for removing it (mostly teasing me, I think, as he probably could tell I was wondering if it would delay the closing).
Finally he revealed that he used to live on a farm, was used to skunks showing up occasionally, and had no problem with it being there - temporarily!
We then found a long piece of plywood and trudged through the deep snow to the back of the home, and gingerly lowered the board into the window well so the skunk could make an exit when he was ready. Luckily, there was no odor at all - so far!
The closing went smoothly, and the new owner spent a few nights in the home before leaving on business. Every night he was there, the skunk spent scratching on the basement window in the middle of the night, wanting in!
As soon as Spring came and the weather warmed, the skunk left and has never come back, (that we know of)!