According to the National Post, the skunk can’t stay in Canada. “It would be illegal to release the skunk [in Canada] because it could spread diseases among the local population. Skunks are also territorial and the small stowaway would have to fight bigger local skunks to survive.” Getting the skunk home, however, is a challenge.
Besides the problem of transporting a creature that has the ability to raise a stink at a moment’s notice, there are regulatory issues for legally crossing back into the United States.
Driving the skunk 5,000 kilometres back to California poses another set of problems. The driver will need to declare the animal at the border and carry the necessary paperwork and permits for each state the skunk passes through, Ms. Karvonen said.
Of course, there is now a contest to name the skunk, and to come up with a winning solution for returning the critter to California. This seems like the kind of thing that would benefit from the wisdom of the BMG community.