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svtruth
September 17, 2010, 03:13 PM
Just discovered we have skunk(s) under the shed.
Live in town so powder and lead are out.
Pellet gun?
All advice appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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ccsniper
September 17, 2010, 03:18 PM
You could put flood lights on motion censors up at the base of the shed. Skunks are nocturnal and light drives em nuts. I wouldn't suggest taking a spotlight and shining it up under there unless you enjoy that smell. You could also lay down a bunch of hot peppers on the ground around the shed. the skunk might eat it once, but only once and might decide to leave the area if you put enough down.

writerinmo
September 17, 2010, 03:18 PM
How to get rid of a skunk that's moved in

Be cautious when around skunks - they could have rabies. If you see one acting strangely, disoriented, foaming at the mouth or overly aggressive - get away from it and call animal control. If someone gets bitten by a skunk, do your absolute best to capture it so it can be tested for rabies. It's brain is required for the test, so keep the head intact.
Forcing skunks out

Skunk removal isn't hard. The trick is to do most of the work while the skunk is out foraging so you don't risk getting sprayed. Sprinkle a light layer of flour, chalk, or other white powder around it's den and wait until nightfall. After dark, return and look for tracks leading away to indicate that the skunk has left in search of food and then get to work sealing up all of the entrances (barriers were covered in the previous section). If you do this right the skunk will not be able to get back in. If he does, wait until the next evening and try again.
Skunk traps

If you can't seem to coerce your skunky buddy to leave willingly, you may need to trap him. First, check with your local authorities to make sure you're within the law to do so and then invest in a box skunk trap that is small enough to keep the skunk from raising it's tail all the way up.

Release skunks far from peopleWhen you set the trap, secure a few old towels or blankets to the outside to make it safer to approach once it catches a skunk. Bait the trap with anything that has a strong odor; sardines, tuna, giblets, and canned cat food are all good choices. Check it often, you're just as likely to catch a stray cat or raccoon as you are a skunk so don't depend on your nose.

Once you've got your skunk, cover up the trap so it cannot see outside (don't smother it) and secure it in the back seat (or open trunk) for a nice long ride out of town. When you've located a suitable secluded area, place the trap on the ground, open it up and wait for the skunk to leave. Skunks will often be confused and scared so it might take it a while to work up the courage - be patient. Sometimes you can coax it out by sitting the trap so it's floor is angled towards the door.

If that doesn't work, consider leaving it for a few hours and returning later to retrieve the empty trap.

ccsniper
September 17, 2010, 03:22 PM
lol, same website I went to

doubleh
September 17, 2010, 03:25 PM
Take a trouble light like mechanics use and stuff it under the shed and leave it turned on. Skunks don't really like light at night. Got a skunk in the yard at night? Just shine a bright flashlight on him and you can drive him anywhere you want with that light.

btg3
September 17, 2010, 03:29 PM
In another thread, .410 is suggested as a good load to shoot trapped skunks without damaging the trap. Only takes a few minutes compared to all that transporting and releasing rigmarole. Further, I'd never place a live skunk in my truck bed, much less inside a vehicle... uhm unless, can I borrow yours?

Ashcons
September 17, 2010, 03:35 PM
Try the phonebook (or Google) for a pest control company to deal with your unwanted guest. I had enough interesting contact events with skunks as a kid to now consider it well worth paying someone else to do the dirty work of their trapping and disposal. A .22 pellet gun might do the trick (and would be a fun, new toy for you), but if you don't get a clean shot off, you can expect the skunk to do its best to hose down your shed/yard with that lovely skunk scent! Heck, it might not even be legal to fire an airgun in your yard; you would have to look up local ordinances on that.

My dad used to use those bigger Hav-a-hart traps covered in burlap to keep them calm enough to move. I can't remember how successful that was, though. He was a wildlife area manager, so I would like to think he knew what he was doing.

doc2rn
September 17, 2010, 03:44 PM
Beyond bright light and covering up the hole you need to get a bag of dried lion dung from the zoo and sprinkle it around the boundry of your property it keeps all manner of critters out of your yard.

THe Dove
September 17, 2010, 03:45 PM
Trap it, then drown it. or get a pest control dude to do it for you. That's just my opinion....

The Dove

zoom6zoom
September 17, 2010, 05:05 PM
Chuck a politician in there. The skunks will get disgusted and leave.

THe Dove
September 17, 2010, 05:14 PM
^^^^^^ BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

The Dove

nathan
September 17, 2010, 05:19 PM
12 G 00 buck !

mustang_steve
September 17, 2010, 05:46 PM
one of those chinese large-bore pellet rifles will do the trick.

200gr 560fps sound adequate? ShinSung makes a .50cal air rifle that does just that using a compressed air canister.

Oyeboten
September 17, 2010, 05:54 PM
A Dog can usually scare them off and they will not come back.

Might be sprinkling Dog Urine ( ideally from some large Breed ) would work also, since it would be read as a Territorial marker.


Playing old Ethyl Merman Records, from a Speaker, set under the Shed would probably do it...
they would not come back.

M2 Carbine
September 17, 2010, 06:20 PM
The only trouble I've had with Skunks is the dog would go after them and get sprayed. My dogs have all died so I don't worry about the Skunks now. Once in a while they will come around at night and eat bugs under the lights.
If they bother me I just shoo them a couple nights and they don't come back.

Years ago I made the mistake of shooting one, then I found she had four babies in the barn.
Raising the little buggers turned out to be a lot of fun.:) When they got old enough they left home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/Skunks.jpg

THe Dove
September 17, 2010, 06:24 PM
Please keepem' South of the Red M2!!!! HAHA

The Dove

phoglund
September 17, 2010, 06:28 PM
Ha! Look at that, baby skunks are cute little buggers. Not every solution to an animal control problem has to end in shooting, drowning, etc. Live and let live. I like the seal the shed or trap ideas.

Good luck!

hardworker
September 17, 2010, 06:30 PM
I'd try to run them off before I shot it. After shooting it, you're gonna have a pile of dead skunks that reek.

glove
September 17, 2010, 06:49 PM
A pellet gun does a good job of killing them. I use a .177 cal. took out 4 in 2 days.:p

The Lone Haranguer
September 17, 2010, 07:38 PM
You could trap them, then call your animal control agency to come and get them. Since skunks can carry rabies, they might even lend you a trap. A problem with shooting them is that they may only be wounded, then go off into some corner of your house to expire. I shudder to think of what a decomposing skunk would smell like. :uhoh:

And for a little levity ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejelYnVI3U :neener:

Starter52
September 17, 2010, 09:20 PM
+1 to Ashcons about trapping the skunks. I've caught plenty of them in a Havahart trap 7"x7"x30". They never spray while being moved in this trap. Definitely cover with a towel while moving.

Drowning is the best way to kill 'em scent-free. Tie a rope to the trap handle and drop the whole thing into the river.

cambeul41
September 17, 2010, 09:29 PM
I have heard that a bunch of moth balls will do the trick. They are relatively cheap, and I can't think of any negative consequences if they don't work.

danez71
September 17, 2010, 09:48 PM
cayanne pepper.... lots of it

hso
September 17, 2010, 09:55 PM
Smart animal control solutions include live traps that are shrouded to keep from getting sprayed and sealing the access areas up so they can't get back in once removed from the property.

Stevie-Ray
September 17, 2010, 11:03 PM
I have heard that a bunch of moth balls will do the trick. They are relatively cheap, and I can't think of any negative consequences if they don't work. Yeah, they work for a bunch of critters. They even keep deer from eating your hostas.;)

Zundfolge
September 17, 2010, 11:45 PM
Live in town so powder and lead are out.


You're paying taxes for a reason, call the pros at animal control and maybe get your money's worth for once.

Ky Larry
September 18, 2010, 12:11 AM
Would a shot gun shoot moth balls? How many moths would you need for each shell? :what:

noylj
September 18, 2010, 12:27 AM
We had a feral cat take up residence in our garage. Wife said to let it be. Damn thing pissed on my reloading equipment.
Any way, Saturday morning there is a sudden grilled garlic and piss odor.
A skunk had come into the garage, met the feral cat, and let loose.
Feral cat gone, but skunk is now under house.
Call animal control.
They'll be out in about an hour.
Two hours later, I call and they'll be there after an emergency they have to take care of.
Two hours later, i call and they'll be out in about 3 hours.
Three hours later, I call and I am informed that they don't make skunk calls and I am on my own.
We call every exterminator we can and none will come out. I point out to animal control that the skunk is out in the day time and is probably rabid.
They tell me to keep my animals in doors and we will be OK.
Next day, we find a trapper who will come out. He places a couple of traps under the house. Comes back the next day and all the bait is gone. Rebait with smelly fish. Next day, smelly fish still there but skunk has left. We close up every possible entrance and the trapper takes back his traps.
Where we lived, out back yard was water and the front yard was street. The skunk had to travel over 3 miles to get to our house, by passing about 50 or more homes on the way. We were on a peninsula, so all there was was a road with houses on both sides and water on both back sides.
I gained a lot of "respect" for animal control...

kbbailey
September 18, 2010, 02:15 AM
AH.....skunks are a problem here also. They are the foremost reason that I have a "truck gun".

My suggestion.......Lights and loud radio. I know it works. It will run them out.
Yune radio to Lib talk radio or rap music.

fishinbill85
September 18, 2010, 12:06 PM
There are PLENTY of ways to get rid of any wild or stray animal that takes up residence where you don't want it to WITHOUT being cruel or sick. Traps, lights, music, mothballs, bullets, whatever.... they all may work. I could just as easily put one down with my rifle or shotgun as trap it... but be sure that If I made the decision to kill something it would be a quick end with as little suffering as possible.

DROWNING a trapped animal (or un-trapped animal for that matter) is TORTURE and that is quite frankly detestable and sick. Whoever does that disgusts me, and if I ever caught somebody doing it....... pretty sure I would end up in a mugbook for something bad.

Didn't some famous serial killers start out with similar beginnings?

redneckdan
September 18, 2010, 12:49 PM
My personal tool for deskunking is a .375 H&H launching 200gr soft points at 3200FPS Never had one spray......

Justin Holder
September 18, 2010, 05:52 PM
One dug a hole under our feed shed a while back. I set a #110 conibear trap over the entrance and caught him the first night. The problem was that the trap didn't kill him so I had to use the 10mm. :evil:

Now the skunk is gone, but the smell remains. :banghead:

This is a conibear trap if you are wondering.
http://www.fntpost.com/images/products/375/thumb_120568584650.jpg

deadin
September 18, 2010, 06:02 PM
Why is it that some folks answer to most any problem is "Just kill it"?:barf:

Zundfolge
September 18, 2010, 06:33 PM
A lady I used to work with told a story of her skunk shooting encounter.

It was many years ago when she was married to an OTR truck driver who was gone a lot.

Well they lived just outside of town and he left a .357mag at the house just in case she needed protection.

What he didn't tell her is how he loaded it.

First 3 shots were .38 wadcutters ... last three were hot loaded .357mag HPs.


So as she tells it, this skunk gets in the yard and she's trapped in the house with a toddler, so she gets the roscoe out and starts shooting. First 3 shots miss, but the fourth one erupted like a bomb going off and she hit the skunk square in the stink bladder and it just blew apart raining skunk spray all over the front yard ... parked car ... kids swing.

She was horrified.

sharkman
September 18, 2010, 07:17 PM
Why is it that some folks answer to most any problem is "Just kill it"?:barf:
I know what ya mean. Skunk is annoying nothing more, block the entrance and they'll just wander off. I won't kill something unless I need to and I've had worse than skunks in my backyard. Like this guy:

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj111/sharkman53/IMG_0539.jpg

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj111/sharkman53/IMG_0538.jpg

He didn't bother me so I didn't bother him. Figured it was a good way to keep mice and rat population down. Now if I had kids or a dog I might feel diferrent

Can't think of anything a skunk is good for but I'd still let 'em wander away as a first choice...

Curator
September 18, 2010, 10:21 PM
Sardines in a "Hava-Hart" trap. Be prepared for the spray with garden hose. Hose him or her down as they spary and keep up wind. No easy way to get them gone without spraying. Moth balls under a shed sometimes does work, use a lot of them and replace after a couple of days. A "permanent solution" is often the most humane. CCI CB-caps and a single shot .22 rifle are almost noiseless and are the treatment of last resort for most of the "pest wildlive services around here.

WardenWolf
September 18, 2010, 10:46 PM
Drowning a trapped animal is NEVER acceptable and is absolutely despicable. Its origins were in the fur trade where trappers would do it to avoid damaging the pelt. That some people still practice or recommend this is horrifying, and if you're caught doing it, you WILL be prosecuted for it. It is NOT a humane or legal way to put down an animal. Period.

Now, that being said, I have to agree with trapping it. It's the only real option, and the best if you want to have any chance of not getting sprayed. Beware, though: skunks are extremely intelligent animals, and may be able to outsmart your traps, at least for a while. You may need to try a few slightly different traps. Patience is the key.

labhound
September 19, 2010, 01:29 AM
We've had skunks in our barn that the wife has run into at night when feeding the horses. I've also seen them in the pasture in broad daylight. We've tried moth balls, fox urine pellets, etc. Nothing really works well. They're usually after shelter or food. Cover up what ever access they have to your dwelling and make sure there's nothing around for them to eat and they'll go away, although they eat bugs and most anything else they can catch. The last thing you want to do is shoot one of them unless you've never smelled that scent and want to try it out!! :barf: Trying to trap them isn't much better, cause then you have a pissed off skunk in a box to deal with. Cover up access, remove any food, and don't screw with them. They'll usually find somewhere else to be and you'll come out smelling better in the end. ;)

JTHunter
September 19, 2010, 02:33 AM
One of my elderly neighbors feed varmits by putting food out on an old window planter with a pallet leaning against the wall under it. We have seen opossums, feral cats, groundhogs, and racoons back there, sometimes as many as 8-10 'coons at the same time. This has been going on so long that the trails through the Bermuda/Zoysia grass in her back yard has been worn down to BARE DIRT! :eek:
Having dogs in kennels in the back where the varmits trails come up out of the woods kept me worried for the fear of rabies and distemper both. :uhoh:
One time (so far) I used a live trap to get one of these 'coons, picked up the trap and walked back down into the woods and put a .22 Short through its head. ;) Then I skinned and cleaned it and put the meat in my freezer for later use. :D
FORTUNATELY, we haven't had to deal with this problem - YET! :mad:

ol' scratch
September 19, 2010, 07:38 AM
Not because I love skunks, but from personal experence. When I was in college, I lived in a duplex. We had a skunk under the porch. The guy next door got drunk and took a pellet gun out to shoot the animal. It sprayed the front of the house and everything smelled like skunk for weeks.

I have used a product called Just One Bite to poison skunks. I didn't have anymore problems with them.

unspellable
September 19, 2010, 10:45 AM
Shooting a skunk at close range is not recommended. There's a good chance they will spray before departing for that happy hunting ground in the sky.

Years ago I heard a noise from the chicken coop and went out there with a flashlight and a 22 pistol. Up the path comes mama skunk with three little ones, fresh from teaching them how tasty chicken eggs are. She owned the path and she knew it. I stepped about five feet off the path and watched them parade by. Waaay too close to think of shooting.

I think skunks are more prone to rabies because they will not run from a rabid animal but stand their ground, not realizing that chemical warfare is no defense against rabies.

Justin Holder
September 19, 2010, 01:04 PM
Why is it that some folks answer to most any problem is "Just kill it"?

Because some folks are still in touch with reality. :fire:

ldsgeek
September 19, 2010, 09:52 PM
I think I'd pay good money to watch someone try to take out a skunk with your average pellet rifle (on video or from a great distance). Seriously, if you can't kill it yourself due to laws the professionals are the best bet. They can also help prevent more visits in the future.

M2 Carbine
September 19, 2010, 10:00 PM
Why is it that some folks answer to most any problem is "Just kill it"?
Because shooting is a lot easier than thinking.:rolleyes:

gofastman
September 19, 2010, 10:39 PM
You have a .22 rifle? CCI CB Longs are as quiet or quieter than a pelet gun.

deadin
September 19, 2010, 11:43 PM
Why do you need to be quiet unless it's illeagal to be shooting where you are?:evil:

JTHunter
September 21, 2010, 01:14 AM
Why do you need to be quiet unless it's illeagal to be shooting where you are?

Perhaps the shooter is respectful of his neighbors and doesn't wish to upset/offend them, regardless of wheter or not it is illegal.

FROGO207
September 21, 2010, 08:55 AM
I have found that a radio left on a rock and roll station played reasonably loudly for days will drive skunks and coons from under my outbuildings. Then seal up the access holes and you are all set. I have however eaten skunk before. It is not that bad actually. Cover your arms with Vaseline, skin the critter, then carefully remove the scent bag. You will have to stake it in a cold running stream for 24 hours or so then cook as wanted. I get my revenge by roasting in barbecue sauce with garlic and hot peppers. Yummy:D

rodensouth
September 21, 2010, 01:51 PM
How humane are the sticky-traps for rats? Poisons? I'd rather be drowned personally, and one better than that would be some lead in the noggin.



Check out www.pestcontrolcanada.com. They state 2 methods of dispatching skunks in traps, chloroform and DROWNING. IF our lawmakers have made this illegal as WardenWolf states, then it is based on emotion and not reality.

bang_bang
September 21, 2010, 02:06 PM
Shooting a skunk at close range is not recommended. There's a good chance they will spray before departing for that happy hunting ground in the sky.

I guess I was lucky then. I was marching through some scrub one winter day when I put my foot down on something that moved. Scared me to death.

Yes, I stepped on a skunk.

It raised it's tail as I was running backwards. I drug up my 10/22 to my hip and dumped the magazine on it. After a few rounds, I could see the impact of bullets and directed them to it's head. It did not spray...but weighed a bit more than it previously did. ;)

I hate skunks...:barf:along with opossums. I'll shoot either on sight.

Another time, around 5am my mother came into my room and said "I think there is a skunk in the dog pen." I hate it when she's right...

A 22lr through the head ended his parade through my mothers pet turtles that she keeps in the pen during the summer. He was smashing a turtle (didn't hurt the guy though) against the bottom of the doghouse when I shot him. Again, he did not spray.

Headshots are the key here. If you can severe their CNS they cannot use their back legs to spray. My great grandfather used to trap...and would often pick skunks up by the back legs alive just to show others that when you keep their back legs from reaching the ground, their defense is useless. He never got sprayed either.

essayons21
September 21, 2010, 04:02 PM
The smell of human urine and hair is enough to drive off most animals. Works wonders on moles and racoons, never tried it on skunks. Worth a shot though, its free and doesn't involve potential spraying.

swiftak
September 21, 2010, 04:52 PM
When I was 12 or so years old, I thought it was a good idea to shoot the skunk that was in my fathers garage. So, out came the trusty Mossberg .22 rifle. Well, I killed the skunk in the corner of the garage. Turns out it wasn't a good idea. I don't know who was madder, my father or the neighbors. Phew.

chas08
September 22, 2010, 12:56 AM
I've been told by"old timers" that powdered sulfur sprinkled in their den entrances works to run them off.

THe Dove
September 23, 2010, 04:05 PM
Hey Warden Wolf,,,,, Do you hunt????? If so, what do you hunt with????

The Dove

HighExpert
September 24, 2010, 11:51 PM
I just got rid of one with the .22. One little piece of info....perfect headshot right behind the eye and she still emptied the contents of the spray gland. Grass, bushes and side of house where hit. I discovered that 1/2 gallon of clorox in a gallon of water sprayed on everything will kill the smell and does a pretty good number on the grass too. The one thing I have learned is that skunks are usually opportunistic as far as dens go. Mine was dug buy a goundhog that predeceased the skunk as I did not get the burrow filled in a timely fashion. Check around the foundation occasionally and don't put off filling any hole after you get the critter out. Opposums will also take advantage of the empty burrow.

Cob
February 14, 2011, 11:01 PM
I used to work for a man that had a skunk problem. We used a hav-a-hart live cage trap to capture the skunks.(baited with tuna fish in the can) The cage trap caught them one at a time, although we did catch two skunks in the trap at once one time. If you capture a non-target species (such as neighbor's cat, and we did catch him too), you can allow the non-target animal to go free... Once non-targets are caught once or twice, they avoid the trap.
The real fun begins when you capture one of the skunks. We used an old blanket and lifted it up in front of us, and stood behind it, sort of stretched out like a big shower curtain withou the rod holder... We approached the trap, and CAREFULLY covered it with the blanket/ tarp. (depending on the occasion.) Once the trap was covered, we used some very slim rods about 6' long ( i think they were actually fiberglass electric fence posts, but a number of things will work) and slid 2 of them through the each end of the live trap. We then hoisted them up CAREFULLY, as Indiana Jones lifted the Ark of the covenant in Raider's of the lost Ark, and carried it to a small pond on the farm. The blanket, cage, and poles were slid into the water, where the skunks were silently dispatched by drowning. I sort of hated that part of it, but i was hired hand on the farm, and raccoons, skunks, and other types of animals started gettign k-9 distemper.
High-value animals were raised on the farm, and he did not want to discharge a gun anywhwere near the breeding operation. The method worked very efficiently.

You could always try re-location, but the ponds was fairly close to the place of trapment, and the trap was recovered about 30 minutes later, and reset. This took care of the farmer's skunk problem

dirtykid
February 14, 2011, 11:10 PM
A couple coni-bears will catch-em and squeeze the life right out of em,all while you sleep !! just make sure they dead before you approach from rear !!

TexAg
February 15, 2011, 12:24 AM
We've had one (or more) kill a few of our chicks and stealing who knows how many eggs. We had one wondering around in the daylight (must have been rabid), dispatched with 12 gauge. Then we caught one in a trap baited with the dead chick it had left behind and shot it with a .22 mag. In my opinion there are enough pest control companies in the nearby cities trapping them and relocating them that a few less around my chickens, kids and dog is OK.
Threw the body of the last one down in the field and wierdest thing is, the buzzards turned the body completely inside out!

Mitch from LA
February 15, 2011, 01:30 AM
There are PLENTY of ways to get rid of any wild or stray animal that takes up residence where you don't want it to WITHOUT being cruel or sick. Traps, lights, music, mothballs, bullets, whatever.... they all may work. I could just as easily put one down with my rifle or shotgun as trap it... but be sure that If I made the decision to kill something it would be a quick end with as little suffering as possible.

DROWNING a trapped animal (or un-trapped animal for that matter) is TORTURE and that is quite frankly detestable and sick. Whoever does that disgusts me, and if I ever caught somebody doing it....... pretty sure I would end up in a mugbook for something bad.

Didn't some famous serial killers start out with similar beginnings?
That is actually one of the most humane ways to dispatch an animal. CO2 build up causes unconsiousness before death. It's an IACUC approved method for euthanizing animals in a field setting.

This information was incorrect (possibly outdated). Apologies.

suzukisam
February 15, 2011, 06:11 PM
suppressor on a 10/22! We had an infestation under the front porch at my uncles. he's in the country though. I shot them at about 50 yrds and I still thought I was too close! ( i didn't have the suppressor though)

JHK94
February 15, 2011, 06:27 PM
That is actually one of the most humane ways to dispatch an animal. CO2 build up causes unconsiousness before death. It's an IACUC approved method for euthanizing animals in a field setting.

This is not correct.

See the IACUC page on Euthanasia: http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia.pdf

Under the section entitled "
Appendix 4—Some unacceptable agents and methods of euthanasia"
:

" Drowning is not a means of euthanasia and is inhumane"

Mitch from LA
February 15, 2011, 07:18 PM
This is not correct.

See the IACUC page on Euthanasia: http://www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia.pdf

Under the section entitled "
Appendix 4—Some unacceptable agents and methods of euthanasia"
:

" Drowning is not a means of euthanasia and is inhumane"
It seems I was mistaken, and ill-informed by a former prof. Thanks for pointing that out, I'd hate to give anyone bad info.

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