While sitting outside last night, before the moon was up, I
started hearing noises and turned on the flashlight to find
the cutest group of four little skunks I've ever seen. You
know they have virtually no fear of humans until you get
excited and stand up cursing. I got out the "Have a Heart"
trap, put some canned dog food inside and half hoped to
catch them and half hoped I didn't. The trap was empty
I'll try again tonight.
Couple of years ago I trapped a momma skunk and she had 4 kids that
would not leave and were jumping all around and over the trap. Managed
to get it open and release her without getting sprayed. I regret not
videotaping because it was one of the neatest things I had ever seen.
They say a skunk will not spray when in a trap but I'll be damned if I'd
put it in my car to relocate to a remote area. I had thought it was
raccoons getting at my garbage but ended up solving problem with a
locking can lid. Skunks left the area.
I had a family of littles ones fall asleep under my camping chair
while sitting by a fire. I watched the mother get real close the fire
and the fire cracked. It scared the skunk, its tail went up but then
she calmed down. The rest of the people I was camping with though I
was nuts to sit that close. They hid in the camper until they left,
about 2 hours later.
A good bait is an egg. Just put it in the havaheart and you should
catch it. I have bees, and as long as the skunks stay away from them
all is fine. Occasionally I have to trap one and remove it.
I approach the trap with a tarp in front of me and cover the trap.
Then take it to where it is to be released. Lock one end open and get
away. Usually they just leave and do not spray.
However, if they are not bothering anything, leave them be since they
do clear out a lot of things like grubs that feed on lawns.
They showed a lady on tv news who did that with raccoons and she
woulnt stop, after a year she had 40 or so at her pool every night
eating a few big bags of dog food, she didnt want to stop because she
was afraid they would starve and said she couldnt afford to pay her
On Fri 07 Aug 2009 09:50:22a, Mysterious Traveler told us...
I have a co-worker who has a pet skunk that he acquired as a four week old
abandoned baby that he bottle fed. At 3 months he had her de-scented and
spayed. "Lily" lives indoors and is very much like a cat in behavior. She
uses a litterbox, eats mostly cat food and various other foods and
supplements recommended by her vet. She is now about 6 years old and has
made a wonderful pet.
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