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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Skunk in town

I am having a skunk problem at the house and live in town. The skunk is beginning to come into yards, I have not seen it in my yard as of yet but my neighbors yard. Is there anything I can do to deter this. I have 2 young children and 2 very curious bird dogs.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 06:51 PM
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Re: Skunk in town

Set out a box trap for it and then when you get it shoot it with a air rifle far away so you dont get sprayed. Bait it with bloody meat
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 07:10 PM
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Re: Skunk in town

I strongly advise that you don't shoot the skunk b/c it will spray.
Rather, slowly cover it with a dark cloth/tarp.
Then, I suggest releasing it elsewhere or drowning it.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 10:42 PM
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Re: Skunk in town

Be very very cautious of your very curious bird dogs. If they locate the skunk before you do .......

If you have the influence, you could try to trap it in the neighbor's yard. Better to fight wars on somebody else's dirt hill.

I know what I would do but then I am a trapper with almost sixty years experience. By the tenor of your query I am suspecting you are not an experienced trapper so my course of action would probably not do you much good.

The best advice I can offer is to seal up any cracks, gaps or holes in any fencing around your yard where skunks might come wandering in.

The absolute best course for you might well be to call in an ADC {animal damage control} trapper in to take care of the problem. These guys are pros at what they do and even carry liability insurance should on the remote chance something go haywire.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Skunk in town

Thanks for the suggestions. I may try animal control. I do not have a lot of experience trapping.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 01:34 AM
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Re: Skunk in town

Skunks spray every time if shot in head. Shot through heart/lung area their is a chance they will spray but usually will not.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 11:39 AM
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Re: Skunk in town

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I strongly advise that you don't shoot the skunk b/c it will spray.
Rather, slowly cover it with a dark cloth/tarp.
Then, I suggest releasing it elsewhere or drowning it.
That's what I do for skunks and I have handled hundreds of them while doing wild life pest control.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 11:29 AM
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Re: Skunk in town

Cage trapping, dark cover removal is usually the easiest and fastest method. Sometimes homeowners don't want critter killed so other methods must be deployed. Here is a method I use from time to time...
If Skunk is digging up lawn, treat lawn with Grub killer. Skunks love Grubs. I have solved Skunk problems for folks by treating lawn, because this was the only solution homeowner and I agreed on. Remove the Grubs ( food) and Skunks will leave.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 11:35 AM
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Re: Skunk in town

for sure! I trapped and relocated a few yrs ago and treated the lawn. Do it every yr now but its tough to get complete coverage on an acre.

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Cage trapping, dark cover removal is usually the easiest and fastest method. Sometimes homeowners don't want critter killed so other methods must be deployed. Here is a method I use from time to time...
If Skunk is digging up lawn, treat lawn with Grub killer. Skunks love Grubs. I have solved Skunk problems for folks by treating lawn, because this was the only solution homeowner and I agreed on. Remove the Grubs ( food) and Skunks will leave.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Skunk in town

So if I stick a hav a hart trap put back, throw a cover on top of it, how do I release it without getting sprayed? It sounds easier to drown it.
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