What about skunks?

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What about skunks?

Postby Amy Fales » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:08 pm

Does anyone know how to repel skunks?
There are several in the area, and they take turns sleeping under the barn. My chocolate lab got sprayed in the face, and tried rubbing the smell off so much, that she rubbed the fur of her face.
I'm chuckling, but feeling bad for the poor girl!

I've heard shooting skunks is pretty bad. Trapping and moving....well, more just find their way to that place.
Has anyone heard of something that keeps skunks away?
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Postby mortensen » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:40 pm

I don't see anything wrong with shooting skunks as long as you keep your distance. Our dogs killed a skunk just below our open bedroom windows on a hot summer night. I heard a pop and then the odor started coming in.
Spend a couple days washing the dogs in tomato juice to kill the odor.
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Postby Amy Fales » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:00 am

Would a b-b gun work on a skunk?
I'm within city limits!
Also,
I can just imagine the uproar if any one of the 5 or so neighbors that can see into the back yard got a view of me hanging out the upstairs of the barn to pop it off!

I guess that's why I was hoping for a solution like "mothballs" or to
plant something they find offensive at the opening to where they crawl under the barn....Just so they stay out of my yard....

Thank you though!
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Postby Carroll B » Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:14 am

I'm sure one of the pellet guns like Gamo sells will take one down. I saw them drop a 50 pound wild pig with a head shot on TV. I use one to keep the population of tree rats in check around my yard. Put a scope on it and make it a head shot.
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Postby Amy Fales » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:31 am

Thanks....
I'll have to try some early dawn target practice.
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Postby Earle » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:08 am

I've always thought a pet skunk would be neat. Especially an albino one.

But yes, you have to buy from a breeder, you have apply for permits in most states before you even buy the skunk. If there's not a breeder in the same state as you, you have to go through the proper route to import it to your state, etc.
There are sites that list each state's laws for skunks and racoons (which have the same restrictions). Some states don't even allow them to be kept as pets at all.

Years ago when I had an indoor/outdoor fluffy black and white kitty I would sometimes feed her and another cat of ours outside by the backdoor. Well I seen black and white and didn't think anything of it. Only after I had shut the screen door and turned around did I realize that wasn't my kitty I fed.
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