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Short of plugging the damn things with a gun; does anyone have any suggestions on ways to convince skunks to move on?

I'm not opposed to shooting them; it's just that I'd bet there is some damn law against me plugging varmints on my property.
 

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Not much that one can do, except eliminate their places to bed down, and their food supply. Since they will eat "bugs", grubs, etc., as well as cat food left out by you or a neighbor, getting rid of their food supply is tough. And they will get into even a small crack to get into a shed to bed down and escape the elements.

All of that said, if you are in city limits, most animal control will loan out love traps. You can bait the trap, and when you catch something, call animal control and they will carry the skunk off for relocation.

If you are not in the city limits, shooting them is easiest, but it will release their full odor, so I would not be too close, or shoot them too close to the house.
 

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ALWAYS a tough one mjncad. Let us know how you make out.
 

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Had this problem, once. I let it get as far away from the house as it wanted to. When it turned around to come back...it died. Left it for the next day removal. Got up the next day and someone or something wanted to remove it more then me. It was gone. I just said thank you to where it was to make sure whatever got thanked. :bigthumb:
 

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Damn near got hit by one of these the other night. 11pm at night and I'm walking in the dark to retreive my trash cans from the curb and I hear a loud "Pssst" sound. It's dark as heck and I can't see a thing, but about 6 ft from me I can see a lighter color blob of an odd shape. I SLOWLY backed up to the boat which is parked in the driveway. Kick on the rear flood light of the boat and it was a skunk right in my previous path. Apparently the sound was a friendly warning.

SOOOO glad I didn't get sprayed at 11pm on a weekday - no idea how many hours it would have taken to remove the stench, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have slept much that night before my 6am wake-up call for work.

I just go out with a flashlight now and haven't tried to remove them from the property.

If you want to shoot it quietly and effectively - crossbows work great out to 40-50 yds easily (I can shoot 2" groups at 40 with a basic crossbow and 4x scope.)
 

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If you cant shoot them, trap them or poison them. Not a big fan of using poison as you could kill pets or other desirable critters.
 

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I trapped one a few years back by mistake, was hoping for a woodchuck. Mrs. CP wanted to go the humane route on the chuck. After we ended up with a skunk (which we paid $25 to have a guy come and take it out to the state lands), Mrs. CP saw it my way and the chucks now meet a shot out of my .22 magnum. We discussed skunks not too long ago and there were some good ideas on how to get rid of them here:

http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/barns-buildings/19988-skunk-problem.html
 

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First, I want to thank everyone who replied, even if I don't offer a reply below.

Not much that one can do, except eliminate their places to bed down, and their food supply. Since they will eat "bugs", grubs, etc., as well as cat food left out by you or a neighbor, getting rid of their food supply is tough. And they will get into even a small crack to get into a shed to bed down and escape the elements.

All of that said, if you are in city limits, most animal control will loan out love traps. You can bait the trap, and when you catch something, call animal control and they will carry the skunk off for relocation.

If you are not in the city limits, shooting them is easiest, but it will release their full odor, so I would not be too close, or shoot them too close to the house.
Since we don't have pets or places (e.g. decks, etc) for them to hang out, I can only guess they are using our yard as a thoroughfare. The only place they might be nesting is under my bush-hog and that's assuming they've kicked the rabbits out from under there.

As for animal control; my worthless high tax Demorrhoid controlled county doesn't have an animal control department. GRRR! All they can do is suggest looking in the phone book for private companies to remove the pests. GRRR! I hate where we live; but that's a totally different rant.

As for killing them; I found out tonight that's against Banorado law. A guy in Fort Collins to the north of me shot a young black bear attacking his dog in his back yard, and he may be charged with killing the bear without a valid hunting license.

ALWAYS a tough one mjncad. Let us know how you make out.
Will do Giz. In the 15-years we've lived here, this is the first time I've seen live skunks in the area. I've seen and smelled plenty of road kill ones in my life. The first one peered in my patio door window while I was watching TV late one night last month. My neighbors have mentioned that they are noticing the damn things more this year too. One neighbor thinks that the coyote population is down, which is allowing the stinky pests to proliferate.

If you cant shoot them, trap them or poison them. Not a big fan of using poison as you could kill pets or other desirable critters.
I'm not a big fan of poison either as poisoned critters seem to seek out inaccessible places to go to die, and then stink up the place even more. Also, we have lots of rabbits around here and I'll bet I'd snag plenty of them in the traps before I caught the stinky critter(s). Besides, what would I do with the damn thing if I caught it based on Banorado law. Yeah, I know...no crime unless you're caught; but my luck I'd get caught.
 

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Wow, glad we don't have your laws. Around here no matter what it is, if it's an animal and attacking you or yours, you can kill it. That includes chickens that belong to a neighbor ruining your tomatoes in your garden. Yep, went through that one year (120 some tomatoes) but I didn't kill the chickens but they didn't come back for round 2. Had a talk with the sheriff and the neighbor. Sheriff's office said OK to kill, and neighbor said it won't happen again and if it does, kill'em. Good enough for me. :bigthumb:
 

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It doesn't surprise me that someone got in trouble for killing a bear, after all their considered big game so their protected and can only be killed with a permit. Same with deer , elk ,wolves ,and the like. Mice, rats ,rabbits, and coyotes can be killed at any time on your own property. Skunks, coon, and squirrels are a bit iffy, but can be killed if causing damage. At least that's the way it is around here.

We a have a saying that goes like this shut up , shoot , and , shovel . Who's going to know if you keep your mouth shut ??. It's really hard to pin down where one shot came from. If your worried about the smell, trap them , then drown them.
 

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If it's threatening life of someone or something its time for a 22-250 or 30 cal headache. if just a nuisance, trap, relocate to someone you don't like's yard. and as for the need to dispose of evidence isn't that what the backhoe is for?
 

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Wow, glad we don't have your laws. Around here no matter what it is, if it's an animal and attacking you or yours, you can kill it. That includes chickens that belong to a neighbor ruining your tomatoes in your garden. Yep, went through that one year (120 some tomatoes) but I didn't kill the chickens but they didn't come back for round 2. Had a talk with the sheriff and the neighbor. Sheriff's office said OK to kill, and neighbor said it won't happen again and if it does, kill'em. Good enough for me. :bigthumb:
Banorado is becoming more like Banifornia every year as Banifornians escape the nest they schitt in back home only to repeat it here. :banghead:

Wifey says Wyoming is too far from her family. :banghead:
 

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Banorado is becoming more like Banifornia every year as Banifornians escape the nest they schitt in back home only to repeat it here. :banghead:

Wifey says Wyoming is too far from her family. :banghead:
I'm telling you, there's a place right down the road from me for sale. From my house I can be in Denver in an hour and a half. Don't care much for Denver, but if she wants to drive back to CO it isn't far at all. :good2:
 

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If it were up to me I'd be checking out that place by you Blake; but wifey's idea of close to her family and my idea of close are two different things. I like her family; but I'm sick of what my native state has become.
 

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I have had issues with skunks in the past and was able to successfully handle the problem...
Good advise to minimize the places they can get into.. Put dryer sheets, moth balls, old aftershave in places to discourage them from going there.. Minimize food sources.. Fence garden, don't keep pet dishes outside... The usual common sense things..

If I had an issue today.. Here on this property, I would spend the money for a dedicated skunk live trap... It is enclosed enough, and sized appropriately to contain the animal with minimal chance of spray... Besides.. I could get the price of the trap back by renting it, or bartering for goods and services..

I have caught them many time in a conventional live trap.. The key there is to approach the trap holding an old dark sheet in front of you with a hole about the size of a quarter you can see through to know where you are going... Cover the trap snugly...

Now the best way I have found to dispose of the animal is "float test" the animal and trap in the local lake/river... Test them for anywhere between 20-30 minutes in water deep enough to cover the trap and contents.. Then shovel and keep silent as required...

Best baits I have found are KFC chicken left overs, old hot dogs from the back of the fridge, marshmallows, canned cat food, apple slices, sweet corn cut off the cob just to name a few... Your luck may vary..

It is NOT a good idea to try a live release.... If it goes bad, it will be a REAL bad situation... You will NOT like the outcome...

Good luck...
 

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mjncad, you live up in Boulder? That place would hold a vigil for a dead rat.

I'm down in Douglas, don't think there's any issue with giving the varmint a .22 sleeping pill. I'm in the process of doing the same thing down in El Paso County with a porcupine. It's been raping the poor little saplings. 3 traps on a few hundred acres though makes for slow trapping.

I'd go with a high power air rifle as my choice of elimination. Trapping skunks is a stinky business.
 

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mjncad, you live up in Boulder? That place would hold a vigil for a dead rat.

I'm down in Douglas, don't think there's any issue with giving the varmint a .22 sleeping pill. I'm in the process of doing the same thing down in El Paso County with a porcupine. It's been raping the poor little saplings. 3 traps on a few hundred acres though makes for slow trapping.

I'd go with a high power air rifle as my choice of elimination. Trapping skunks is a stinky business.
Thank goodness we don't live in the PRB (People's Republic of Boulder for readers unfamiliar with the term PRB); but almost as bad as we live in Demorrhoid infested Adams County. The PRB held a vigil for a poached elk a few years back.

As I understand it, the guy that is in trouble in Fort Collins for killing a bear attacking his dog, it's against state law to shoot wildlife without a permit Unlike you, we live on just under 2-acres; so there are enough potential witnesses around; though I doubt I'd have any trouble from my neighbors.

I didn't know that Banorado had porcupines.

Any way, I haven't seen or smelled anything of late; so I'm hoping the obnoxious little pest has moved on.
 

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I'm far far away from you, but the skunk are on a real peak of their population curve here this year. Within a 1/2mile radius we've killed at least 8, and another 2 dead on the road. "We" meaning me and the neighbors. I capped one 2 nights before our wedding in our backyard!!!

What we have noticed this year is that they are very passive. They're not spraying, and one of them was co-habitating with our neighbors kittens!! I spent 15 minutes playing with the little $hits and the skunk didn't even show itself!!

Our RM/County borrows people a trap that locks them in, and has a port for a hose to gas them with your vehicle. My non-gun neighbors have been using that.

I liked two of the suggestions above.

First: Shoot, shovel, and shut up is a very good one. I'm not a poacher, but if something is threatening me, my property, or those that I love, yur gettin it. Go ahead, try and catch me, then try and prove it, then try and convince a judge that I acted poorly. Do it, I dare you.

Second: Trap and leave in the yard of someone you don't like!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! I'm gonna use that one!!!

One more suggestion: are silencer's allowed in CO??? Hmmmm??? See what I'm getting at??

-J.
 
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Thank goodness we don't live in the PRB (People's Republic of Boulder for readers unfamiliar with the term PRB); but almost as bad as we live in Demorrhoid infested Adams County. The PRB held a vigil for a poached elk a few years back.
I've spent my morning on a construction site at CU Boulder. It's a very different place...:laugh:
 

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I've spent my morning on a construction site at CU Boulder. It's a very different place...:laugh:
Especially the 3rd week of April...:peace:
 
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