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Chainsawofdoom
06-19-2004, 09:50 PM
You guys are gonna laugh you @$$es off, but I'm looking for help with a tough problem here.

You see, Mrs. Momma skunk decided to have her babies under my shed some time early this month. I came home from work last night to discover seven tiny baby skunks playing and milling about in my driveway!!!

I'm not sure where momma skunk was (probably still sleeping) but her kittens were all out and playing. They are totally friendly and have no fear of me (a bad thing.) I don't think that they're sick or have rabies or anything, because from reading up on the subject, skunks aren't afraid of anything, nor do they have to be! NOTHING messes with skunks, not even Grizzly bears.

These baby skunks are absolutely adorable, but they have to go, along with momma skunk wherever. A quick peek out the window a second ago proved my case: Momma skunk is out there with her babies and they're looking for food.

I DO NOT want to kill or harm these animals, but I do want to get them out of here before the horrible happens. I know that I can trap Mrs. skunk in a Havahart trap, but how to get her into the back of the truck without her spraying me? The babies will be easy enough to catch, I'll just put them all into a box and drive the whole family out way, way into the woods and release them. Again, I DO NOT want to kill them, period.

Has anyone else had to deal with skunks? The "Animal Control" officer here in my town is useless. Even if he actually DID do his job (yeah... right...) He'd probably just kill them anyway. All I want to do is pack them up somehow and put them somewhere safe out in the woods where they belong, where they won't encounter humans ever again.

Chainsawofdoom
06-19-2004, 09:50 PM
You guys are gonna laugh you @$$es off, but I'm looking for help with a tough problem here.

You see, Mrs. Momma skunk decided to have her babies under my shed some time early this month. I came home from work last night to discover seven tiny baby skunks playing and milling about in my driveway!!!

I'm not sure where momma skunk was (probably still sleeping) but her kittens were all out and playing. They are totally friendly and have no fear of me (a bad thing.) I don't think that they're sick or have rabies or anything, because from reading up on the subject, skunks aren't afraid of anything, nor do they have to be! NOTHING messes with skunks, not even Grizzly bears.

These baby skunks are absolutely adorable, but they have to go, along with momma skunk wherever. A quick peek out the window a second ago proved my case: Momma skunk is out there with her babies and they're looking for food.

I DO NOT want to kill or harm these animals, but I do want to get them out of here before the horrible happens. I know that I can trap Mrs. skunk in a Havahart trap, but how to get her into the back of the truck without her spraying me? The babies will be easy enough to catch, I'll just put them all into a box and drive the whole family out way, way into the woods and release them. Again, I DO NOT want to kill them, period.

Has anyone else had to deal with skunks? The "Animal Control" officer here in my town is useless. Even if he actually DID do his job (yeah... right...) He'd probably just kill them anyway. All I want to do is pack them up somehow and put them somewhere safe out in the woods where they belong, where they won't encounter humans ever again.

Dammerung
06-19-2004, 09:54 PM
Critters =)

All I can say is don't scare them. A Cat will run away or slash you, but a skunk will make you stink for weeks. Find a food skunks like and put it in a box. Bring the box a mile into the woods (with the skunks in it) and let them go on their merry way. That's all I cant think of. Good luck.

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wayno7777
06-19-2004, 10:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dammerung:
Critters =)

All I can say is don't scare them. A Cat will run away or slash you, but a skunk will make you stink for weeks. Find a food skunks like and put it in a box. Bring the box a mile into the woods (with the skunks in it) and let them go on their merry way. That's all I cant think of. Good luck.

Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...
Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...
The whole damn place is full of queers, navigators, and bombadiers...
Oh, there are no fighter pilots down in hell...
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Don't really know of an effective way, what Dammerung said has merit. The food in the box can work if she doesn't get agitated. The youngin's seem young enough to not have developed scent glands, so you might want to trap them first. As for momma, once in the box the only thing I can think of right now would be to use some sort of non-toxic gas to sedate her for the trip. Or maybe try the Animal Planet site to see if they have an answer. BTW, GOOD LUCK!

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fordfan25
06-19-2004, 10:29 PM
lol if you can catch the mother in a trap or fishing throw net just give her a few min to calm down and throw a plastic tarp or old bed blanket over her to keep her from spraying you. remember thay do bite and bite hard belive me lol. just make sure you already have a placed picked out for them so your not driving aroud with them looking.also try and pick a place out off from any heavy traveld road "you dont want them run over"........or you could call the croc hunter ....danger danger danger lol

fordfan25
06-19-2004, 10:35 PM
or if what some in here say about the 50.cal is true then you could shoot her a few times in the head and it will daze her enough for you to box her up lol dont worry if thay are right the bullets will just bounce of her head and not actually do any real damage. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif j/k guys

wayno7777
06-19-2004, 10:45 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by fordfan25:
or if what some in here say about the 50.cal is true then you could shoot her a few times in the head and it will daze her enough for you to box her up lol dont worry if thay are right the bullets will just bounce of her head and not actually do any real damage. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif j/k guys<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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BaldieJr
06-19-2004, 10:50 PM
They'll be gone soon enough. I wouldn't worry about it.

Momma might come back next season so secure your shed after she has left.

Do you have kids? I bet they are loving this.

Mitlov47
06-19-2004, 11:08 PM
A skunk once crawled under my friend's house. He's a bit of a gun nut, and he took a 30-06 rifle and shot it. BAD IDEA. Blew it clean in half and musk went EVERYWHERE.

Call animal control or wait for them to leave. Don't irritate them or they'll spray.

EDIT--I reread your post and saw that animal control is useless. No idea then. Maybe slowly introduce wood smoke into the shed, not enough to suffocate them but enough to make them leave?

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ZG77_Lignite
06-19-2004, 11:10 PM
No doubt you can catch the mother in a 'live trap' with a little human food bait.

They say that as long as a skunks tail is not 'up' they can not spray you (so get a good small 'live trap'). However, in my own opinion, they can still (and will) leak stink all over the place if excessively agitated. If you put the mother in the back of a pickup (or even trunk of a car) with a board ramp leading up to it, its quite likely the babies will climb up and investigate. The mother (and babies too) will be quite all right for a day (even more, two or three days in my own opinion), so give it some time.

If not, a simple trap (which may or may not work, as with most any trap) is a five gallon bucket with a board 'ramp' leaning against it, and some smelly bait (I know they like cheese or bread) in the bottom of it, the babies will climb up and jump in (fall actually). Set up a whole bunch of them, you might catch them all in one night.

Try hard to catch them all, as the babies will likely still be able to grow up even without the mother (they are a tough critter).

P.S. Don't worry TOO much about the stink, people and animals get sprayed all the time, its not the end of the world (however your friends will sure give you @#$%, and your wife may stay at her mothers for a few days, hey, all clouds have a silver lining http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ).

P.P.S. The above are all my own opinions, I'm not an animal control officer, and the only training I've ever recieved is a lifetime living on a farm, and dealing with the critters constantly.

BfHeFwMe
06-19-2004, 11:47 PM
Fight fire with fire, get a can of mace or pepper spray and a couple of bags of mothballs, let loose under the shed while they're out, they'll find a new home quick.

Chainsawofdoom
06-19-2004, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the help so far, guys.

They're still out there, right by my front steps. I went so far as to try a few tricks and to wait, test them, and see how their disposition is.

I just sat there, still as a rock. They don't seem to give me a second thought. Three of the babies waddled up to my feet, not less than a foot away from me. Call me a wuss, but they're so damned cute! I guess you had to be there...

I went back into the house and found an (at least) four year old can of sardines in the cupboard. I opened it up and set it on the front lawn, and sure enough, Momma skunk came up and ate a whole bunch of them. She completely ignored me as I sat there. During this, two of the babies came right up to me, and curled up right on my shoe! Dude, they were purring! I even pet one of them and the little thing loved it! I swear, they're like kittens!

A minute later, the mother made this little clicking sound and the babies waddled off and followed her into the bushes nearby. I sat there for a few minutes and then went into the house... right back to the computer to update you all on this craziness!

This is getting freaky. I can't help it... I'm starting to get attached to them! NO!

I know that I have to snap out of it and get them out of here. These are wild animals and I shouldn't be messing around with them, much less feeding and even petting them. The mother skunk - full grown and healthy, paid absolutely no attention to me, as if I wasn't even there. She was about two feet from me when she was eating.

My girlfriend is in love with these new visitors, and the neighbors as well. "Oh! Look at the skunkie babies!"


AAAAARGH! What to do? They're cute and seem harmless, but I know better. Will they go away on their own or do I have to step in? This is nuts, dudes!

xenios
06-20-2004, 12:00 AM
I've dealt with skunks before, and I have to say the best way to deal with them is to wait it out until the babies grow up and they move on. Then you can fix things up so they don't come back next season. They really won't spray you unless you attack them.

(I've also known a pet skunk too. They're actually very intelligent and affectionate animals.)

Mitlov47
06-20-2004, 12:07 AM
Hey Chainsaw, I got a webpage for you:

CLICK HERE (http://www.blogjam.com/cute_little_kittens/)

Now go to your local humane society and adopt a couple of kittens that need homes and DON'T have musk glands.

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Chainsawofdoom
06-20-2004, 12:22 AM
Mitlov47,

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif


Dude, you're making it hard for me to type! LOL!!!!

Check your PT's, dude!

I'm gonna try to take a few pics and put 'em up here tomorrow. You've just gotta see this stuff to believe it!

Franzen
06-20-2004, 12:29 AM
Department of Wildlife? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

They have telephone technology. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif

Or you can always follow Mitlov's advice http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Fritz Franzen

T_O_A_D
06-20-2004, 12:32 AM
If your in the states call your conservation department. For help or at the very least advise.

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Dawg-of-death
06-20-2004, 12:32 AM
When I was a kid we caught 2 babies. Momma was gone. Took them to the vet and had them de scented. One died. The other one we named Pooh. He lived for years in my brothers room at night ran the house during the day. Used a cat box . Made a good pet. Always smelled a little musty but was a good pet. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

If you are in the city they should have some kind of animal control...........

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arcadeace
06-20-2004, 12:52 AM
Yeah they are intelligent and can make a good pet. They can get along good with other animals as long as you have their scent glands removed. I had been to an acquaintance's home who owned one. I've owned a squirrel and raccoon.

Fordfan had a good suggestion. Get a tarp or blanket in which she can't see through and cover the cage once she's in there.

Its way off topic but a neat story http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Fehler
06-20-2004, 01:26 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chainsawofdoom:
I DO NOT want to kill or harm these animals...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Let me know where you live, and I will come kill them for you. That way you wont have to.

I have blasted many a pole-cat in my day. They are good for nothing else.

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Franzen
06-20-2004, 01:34 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by arcadeace:
Yeah they are intelligent and can make a good pet. They can get along good with other animals as long as you have their scent glands removed. I had been to an acquaintance's home who owned one. I've owned a squirrel and raccoon.

Fordfan had a good suggestion. Get a tarp or blanket in which she can't see through and cover the cage once she's in there.

Its way off topic but a neat story http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.onpoi.net/ah/pics/users/222_1082457373_222_1082441075_airaces.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The skunks stink glands are "uber". Oleg is going to address this issue in the next patch, give him another 2 weeks. Sounds to me like they are "noob" skunks also. I've got data to back that up. Oh yes, don't worry about the .50s, the skunk models never had them. And one more thing, THE SKUNKS WON WW2! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/icon_twisted.gif

Ok, relax all, it's not off topic any more. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Fritz Franzen

Udidtoo
06-20-2004, 02:41 AM
Just about anywhere in the U.S. the local Animal control will remove them for you.

Do not and I repeat do not attempt to throw a blanket over them as someone suggested. The spray will go right through the blanket and unless you like bathing in tomato juice, it will be with you for several WEEKS.

Besides, they are one of the worst at being rabies carriers and the cuteness factor ain't worth the treatment if the worst case happened.

If you decide to let them stay and grow, keep an eye on them at and the 1st signs of a wobbely gait or a drunk like appearance, call Animal control. We have both spotted and striped ones here and during late summer they become a problem due to the desiease factor.

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I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

DD_NL
06-20-2004, 02:45 AM
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Franzen
06-20-2004, 02:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Udidtoo:
Just about anywhere in the U.S. the local Animal control will remove them for you.

Do not and I repeat do not attempt to throw a blanket over them as someone suggested. The spray will go right through the blanket and unless you like bathing in tomato juice, it will be with you for several WEEKS.

Besides, they are one of the worst at being rabies carriers and the cuteness factor ain't worth the treatment if the worst case happened.

If you decide to let them stay and grow, keep an eye on them at and the 1st signs of a wobbely gait or a drunk like appearance, call Animal control. We have both spotted and striped ones here and during late summer they become a problem due to the desiease factor.

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Just a further mention, I was reading in a hospital recently that once you develop symptoms of rabies it is uncurable and always fatal(no patch for that bug). If you have cats, dogs, or kids you must really take care of the situation.

Call the Wildlife Conservation Office(skunk experten), they'll give the solution.

Fritz Franzen

Breeze147
06-20-2004, 07:25 AM
I didn't read the whole thread, but here is how I saw it done once. Get a fire extinguisher that fires CO2. Get a large piece of cardboard, maybe 5' x 5'. Placing the cardboard in front of you, sneak up on the bugger. He won't spray if he can't see the predator (you). When you get within range, hit him with the CO2. Result, frozen dead skunk. The best part is you can sell the carcass to the nearest redneck for stew meat.

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Huxley_S
06-20-2004, 07:39 AM
Here's a site all about skunks with advice on how to solve your problem.
http://www.wildlifedamagecontrol.com/skunk.htm

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AirBot
06-20-2004, 07:53 AM
To hell with getting rid of them, we want photos! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Franzen
06-20-2004, 08:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Breeze147:
I didn't read the whole thread, but here is how I saw it done once. Get a fire extinguisher that fires CO2. Get a large piece of cardboard, maybe 5' x 5'. Placing the cardboard in front of you, sneak up on the bugger. He won't spray if he can't see the predator (you). When you get within range, hit him with the CO2. Result, frozen dead skunk. The best part is you can sell the carcass to the nearest redneck for stew meat.

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/air_power/ap16.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ha ha ha, you are all heart! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/heart.gif

Fritz Franzen

Chainsawofdoom
06-20-2004, 10:35 AM
I will try to take some pictures and post 'em on here later on today when they all come out.

Today is going to be zero hour. I'm going to the local humane society to rent a Havahart trap. A Google search on the subject reveals many options, but the best method so far seems to be in setting up the trap and covering it with a tarp. Once the skunk is trapped, you take a stick or broom handle and gently push a fold in the tarp over the opening to completely cover it up. What they don't see they don't spray.

Then I'll drive her and her babies out into the woods and release the babies first. Then I'll let her go (the tricky part!) I guess when she sees her babies she'll walk out of the trap and they'll be off.

Hopefully my next posting into this will have some pictures, as well as good news that they're all safe & happy in the woods, and neither myself or my Dad's truck smell like death!

Bula
06-20-2004, 12:32 PM
Good luck with your operation. There were skunks all around us where I grew up. One of our dogs was sprayed and then got into the house and started rolling all over the carpet in agony--the house stank for weeks and the carpet was a gonner. The poor pooch lived outside for the next month, during which he received periodic tomato-juice baths. Hope you can avoid a similar tragedy.

nearmiss
06-20-2004, 01:46 PM
Ok...

I can tell you how to catch skunks, a sure fire way.

Peanut Butter is the best bait food you'll find.

I can't tell you what to do with her after you get her.

If she shows you her ole' one eye...you've had it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Maybe you can watch when she goes into your bait, and block the area she's living in. Course, she'll have to have the wee ones with her.

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nearmiss
06-20-2004, 01:56 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chainsawofdoom:
I will try to take some pictures and post 'em on here later on today when they all come out.

Today is going to be zero hour. I'm going to the local humane society to rent a Havahart trap. A Google search on the subject reveals many options, but the best method so far seems to be in setting up the trap and covering it with a tarp. Once the skunk is trapped, you take a stick or broom handle and gently push a fold in the tarp over the opening to completely cover it up. What they don't see they don't spray.

Then I'll drive her and her babies out into the woods and release the babies first. Then I'll let her go (the tricky part!) I guess when she sees her babies she'll walk out of the trap and they'll be off.

Hopefully my next posting into this will have some pictures, as well as good news that they're all safe & happy in the woods, and neither myself or my Dad's truck smell like death!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's funny as heck http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

Let me make sure I've got this down right.

You're gonna trap that skunk and a tarp is gonna protect you, right?

You're gonna carry her and the wee ones to the country, and let'em out.

Important...get someone to make a video and put that up on the movies forum, along with some good appropriate music background. We'll enjoy that video for sure.

Heck, http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif that'll probably be as good as Michael Moore's - 911 documentary, and a lot more interesting. Can't stink as bad for sure.

P.S. UbiSoft gave awards last year for the most humorous poster on the boards. A skunk movie with you getting the grand reserve from Mama skunk is making me laugh as I write this.

Course, I'm pretty visual. I can see it all now http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif

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Chainsawofdoom
06-20-2004, 11:12 PM
Ok, for starters, I'm totally disgusted with the so-called "animal control" stupidity here where I live. I'm in North Adams, Massachuysetts, USA. Do a Mapquest search and you'll get an idea...

The political stupidity involved here is just about enough to wrench one's guts into a knot. I called the Humane society and asked if I could rent a Havahart trap to catch Momma Skunk and release her into the wild. The clueless chicky on the other end of the line told me, "I'm sorry, Sir! We can't rent our traps to catch wildlife!"

The local "animal control" officer is such a stinking lush that he's probably got AT LEAST 16 beers in him right now. He's so sorry as a human being that the town had reduced him to....


TRAFFIC CONTROL! Yup, that's right! Each day, he can be seen with a little orange flag in hand, glazed look in his eyes, "directing traffic."

Laugh hard and long, my friend. But it's disgusting. This town and many others around here offer absolutely ZERO in the likes of controlling the results of wildlife whom have taken abode in our settlements.

Sprawl.


We have sprawled so far into the world that the millions of animals and other wildlife species out there simply have nowhere else to go. Any why should they?

Mrs. Skunk here found a nice warm place to sleep and have her babies, under my shed. This is not her per say, but an identical picture of her and her babies that I found on the web. THIS is what's going on here, in my own driveway:
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/graphics/skunkbab.jpg

See how she'll guard her babies? You there with children, will you not watch over your own just the same? Look into her eyes. Can you hear her saying, across time and species barriers, "Come on, Chump! Go ahead and mess with my babies!!!"


I can hear some of you laughing and picking on this situation already. Please be kind and have a human heart when you do. This is what I'm trying to save, to give a chance at life to:
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/graphics/skunk5.jpg


At this point, I'm about to go ahead and build my own trap for Momma. Got some ideas already...

Teufel_Eldritch
06-20-2004, 11:39 PM
Well when & if you succeed come back here & post your story plz. I am dealing with a similar situation but with racoons.

Wings_of_Fire
06-20-2004, 11:41 PM
This is quite a simple one, and you will all slap your heads http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Trap the babies first, then use them as the bait in a trap to get the mother to come to them, just have a tarp secured over the top and sides of the trap, but in such a way so that you can throw a flap immediately over the open side and secure it.

How easy is that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fehler
06-20-2004, 11:47 PM
The best thing you could do is get rid of them. If you really want to do your state a great service, box them up and send them to your wonderful Senator, Ted Kennedy!

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Mitlov47
06-20-2004, 11:57 PM
Dude, those things are not NEARLY as cute as kittens. I don't know how you get off.

http://www.blogjam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/kittens/0108.jpg

http://www.blogjam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/kittens/0032.jpg

http://www.blogjam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/kittens/0112.jpg

http://www.blogjam.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/kittens/0137.jpg

Please note, the last picture is NOT a suggested way of capturing momma skunk. I just wanted to be 100% clear on that.

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Chainsawofdoom
06-20-2004, 11:57 PM
Hey Wings of Fire, sounds easy, doesn't it? You simply have to put yourself into this situation to get the full grasp of it.

Skunks are very closely related to the Badger species of animals. They are smart... problem solving smart. They have very sharp and long claws, as well as prehensilse hands, fingers and an opposable thumb. They have very sharp teeth and fangs and will not hesitate to use them if cornered or frightened.

If this isn't enough, mother nature has blessed them, through millions of years of evolution, with The Ultimate Weapon. They have the ability to fire off up to six shots of the most vile, evil, and wretched stench the earth has ever know. The skunk "scent" is accurate up to twelve feet away and lasts for weeks. And they're a crack shot...


Mother Skunk will not fall for any simple bait. Her instincts are driven by hunger and the need to wean and feed her babies, as well as to protect them. she'll give them her milk until late summer, until they get strong enough for her to show them how to catch food on their own, in autumn.

Thjese are fierce, tough animals. NOTHING messes with skunks, dude. Not even Grizzly bears. Would you?

THIS is the problem that I face. This animal is meaner and smarted than a badger, and faced with some alien form of life screwing with her babies, she'll turn into a Wolverine or worse.

Worse? I Respect her. I want to give her a chance. She has as much a right to enjoy life on this world as do I. Nothing is "simple" here.

Korolov
06-21-2004, 12:04 AM
The fact that skunks are usually loaded with rabies (if not now, then later) leads me to think you'd better keep an eye on them, if you can't bear to be rid of them in a less domestic way.

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Mitlov47
06-21-2004, 12:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chainsawofdoom:
THIS is the problem that I face. This animal is meaner and smarted than a badger, and faced with some alien form of life screwing with her babies, she'll turn into a Wolverine...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>...or worse.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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StihlCanuk
06-21-2004, 01:04 AM
I can't believe what I'm reading here,C'mon you guys,get real.Call the local Conservation Officer and and him remove Mama and babies.
I realize that in the good 'ol USA the authorities may be a bit lacking....but here in western Canada we know how to deal with our wildlife.Our C.O's are trained to handle such emergencies like skunks.Be thankful you don't have a 900 kilogram grizzly bear sitting in your driveway.What would you do?....call the Airforce I guess
Maybe the skunks are terorrists....You Yanks are a joke.

Rodger,go with throttle up...

Capt_Pepper
06-21-2004, 01:06 AM
Wow...this is deja vu...I had the same problem years back with a skunk family that decided to take up residence in one of my window wells.....a mother and two babies. As you are no doubt well aware, this is a BIG TIME problem, especially if you have kids.

You're absolutely correct....they are one tough, smart, fierce animal and if threatened, will attack to the death. With the babies, it's the worst possible scenerio. DO NOT try and get them out yourself and keep your distance.....you can't believe what these critters can do!!!!!

First I tried the local animal control...no help. Then the county, then state, then Humane Society and a ton of other agencies I found in the phone book, or other recommendations, all to no avail. Interestingly, the local animal control did try, and gave up after getting sprayed.

Finally I hired a local pest control company who, in short, sub-contracted to basically a rodent/skunk specialist. In the end, they trapped the family using collar lassos and (supposedly) re-released them miles away. By the way, these guys were dressed in full body armor of sorts complete with full headgear, rebreathers, etc. and took NO chances. It took hours before they were successful. Also, in the ruckus, the skunks sprayed like crazy....all of it outside, but it still stunk inside for a couple months.

Short of this, there is one thing the guys told me they have done in the past that, in my case, wouldn't work because the babies were trapped in the window well...not big enough to get out on their own.

They said they'd sometimes used HEAVILY soaked ammonia rags and kept putting them in the nest. Sometimes it takes days, but eventually they'll leave. The ammonia does the same to them as humans....irritates the eyes, strong odor, etc. Basically, it makes their home an unpleasant place to be and they leave. (Ironic...out-stink the skunk.)

As the guys explained to me, I wouldn't recommend this unless you can get the rags into the nest from a place of complete safety...like from a window over the nest..just a place of complete safety. Remember, you'll possibly have to do this repeatedly for days.

Additionally, the rags need to have weight to them...tied to a rock or something not easily moved by the mom. Ideally, using the same concept, this once worked with a wood chuck problem I had...take some big plastic bottles of ammonia, minimum size a gallon and secure rags around them. Put enough small holes in them so that it doesn't all leak out at one time, then get the bottles into the nest. This may also work just using the bottles, but as I recall I had rags on them. Again, I wouldn't try any of this if you can't get the ammonia in the nest from a place of TOTAL safety.

Short of shooting them, you're only other options are to stay the HELL away from them and wait until they're big enough on their own to leave. Even if they do leave however, they may still come back. So if you see they go at some point, you'll have to destroy/alter the area in some manner so they won't want to be there.

I hope this helps.

HangerQueen
06-21-2004, 02:03 AM
How about going to your local Army surplus store and buying an old NBC suit - that's if they sell such things. Should afford some protection whilst you're removing them. Or roll a CS gas grenade into their nest - that might be overdoing it a bit, though and I suspect the neighbours will complain.

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nearmiss
06-21-2004, 06:23 AM
I mentioned it earlier.

If you want to get momma skunk into your trap. This stuff will do it.

http://www.jif.com/products/images/5150024191.gif

Try it!

Now what you do with momma after you catch her, that's another issue. A long, long rope attached to your trap cage and then you slowly pull it far and away.

I think this might make a great documentary type video or film. The local animal control dude you mentioned should be factored in. You need to offer him a few beers to help him get up his nerve...and then put him to work.
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GT182
06-21-2004, 09:00 AM
The little ones can be descented and do make great pets if you've amind to go that route. Check with your local DEC 1st tho for permits.

My aunt and uncle had one years ago and she was just like having a cat... the only down side is, skunks are nocturnal but will adapt over time. Channel#5 was great until she got loose and disappeared, never to be found again. If descented they cannot protect themselves and will most likely not make it on their own.

One of their favorite natural foods is Bumble Bees and yes they do love peanut butter. Either one will make them a friend for life. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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GT182
06-21-2004, 09:10 AM
The little ones can be descented and do make great pets if you've amind to go that route. Check with your local DEC 1st tho for permits.

To catch momma allyou need to do is set a live trap with peanut butter as bait. Once in, take an old blanket and walk up slowly with it in front of you so she can't see you. Then carefully lay it over the trap. Your're all set to pick up the trap with her in it and take her where ever. It does work, just stay calm and all wil go well.

My aunt and uncle had one years ago and she was just like having a cat... the only down side is, skunks are nocturnal but will adapt over time. Channel#5 was great until she got loose and disappeared, never to be found again. If descented they cannot protect themselves and will most likely not make it on their own.

One of their favorite natural foods is Bumble Bees and yes they do love peanut butter. Either one will make them a friend for life. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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LEBillfish
06-21-2004, 10:36 AM
I'm not going to read through all these yet know whatever you do, do not "freak out" at the smell as it is easily remedied......

Not Tomato juice though that will cut the oil, as it is an oil based thing.....Yet simply use a box of baking soda, a tablespoon of dish soap (for cutting grease all the better)....and then add Hydrogen peroxide a fair amount of it.

Use the mix quickly, and asap after getting sprayed.........The dishsoap cuts the oil so you can get it off, the baking soda kills the smell and neutralizes it as it is an acid based oil, and the hydrogen peroxide will attack the enzymes of it.

You'll know if you missed anything as as soon as it gets wet again it will smell as strong as the initial dosing.

However, I know this works and have used it often for my dogs. So good luck.

(p.s.....part of the problem now is that predators are lacking....Might want to consider simply being the new age predator and doing what must be done....if not have a disposable blanket over the trap covering all of it but the entrance....once trapped approach it from behind and out of view of the trapped animal cover the only exposed end....use gloves and a disposable blanket...to free it reverse the process.)

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Chainsawofdoom
06-22-2004, 12:19 AM
OK, now this has gotten to the point of RIDICULOUS. Feel my pain, and hear my sorrows, friends...

It would seem as if "The Skunkie Babies" are now a big hit around my neighborhood. Yes, that's right, they've gathered quite the following. I took my girl out to dinner last night, and came home to several cars parked by my house. I live on a dead-end street, only three houses on it, a nice quiet neighborhood, until now.

I came home to a family of six, three little girls PETTING the baby skunks, little boys giving pieces of bread, cookies, and other treats to the little skunk babies. The other car housed some dude and his ? girlfriend taking pictures of the skunkie babies. It would seem as if they were too chicken to get out of the car...

All around were the sounds of, "Awwww, look how cute they are! Look at the little babies!"

When I pulled in, I got out and tried to explain the situation. Some guy from the newspaper was there, snapping away with his camera! Have my "freinds" made the news? LOL!

After a while, they left, save for the family with the little girls and boys. The sun had set...

When I looked toward the shed, I caught a glimpse of two very bright, yet dark eyes. There she was, Momma Skunk. She never moved an inch. She was looking on, as if proudly. Her babies were being well fed. Her little black eyes, in the fading light, reeked with intelligence. She knew what was going on...

One of her babies was playing with a blade of grass on the hill next to my house. It was tugging on it, and when it gave way, the little critter tumbled down and down like a rag doll. It was adorable, until she lept out of the darkened corner of the shed; Momma Skunk heard her baby squeak...

She showed everyone her teeth, and they were BIG teeth. She didn't come close, but she stamped her front feet up and down and made a terrifying clicking sound.

That was all it took for the last "tourists" to get into their car and beat feet. Very cautiously, I want into the house and locked up shop.

There is NO WAY that I'm going to try and catch Momma Skunk. Call my a puss or whatever. It might be so very easy to type a suggesting or solution to this horrendous problem that I've got going on here. You have to put yourself in my place.

Even if Mother Nature didn't bestow the Ultimate Weapon to these animals, their teeth and claws alone WILL strike fear into your heart, if you dare approach them! I kid you not, these things will tear you a new one, let alone the situation of a mother protecting her babies!

At this point, I'm going to let nature take its course. If she wants my shed, I'll sign over the deed to her. She's earned it, and deserves it. I'm not screwing around with her any more.

-HH-Dubbo
06-22-2004, 12:32 AM
Congratulations on your new family. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
And good on ya for making the decision you have. Some people here may not understand or agree but so what?

We will need photos and progress reports you realise.

Keep us posted

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wayno7777
06-22-2004, 12:56 AM
Happy Father's Day!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

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ASM 1
06-22-2004, 04:17 AM
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not a particularly pleasant problem....Damn, those kittens are cute http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/heart.gif aww! S! Mitlov!

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imars
06-22-2004, 05:00 AM
We once had a problem with a peacock, believe it or not. He would land on our roof with a loud thump and start calling at 5 or 6 in the morning.

Took my Dad weeks to catch the thing with a net.

-Michael

VF-19
06-22-2004, 05:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Franzen:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Udidtoo:
Just about anywhere in the U.S. the local Animal control will remove them for you.

Do not and I repeat do not attempt to throw a blanket over them as someone suggested. The spray will go right through the blanket and unless you like bathing in tomato juice, it will be with you for several WEEKS.

Besides, they are one of the worst at being rabies carriers and the cuteness factor ain't worth the treatment if the worst case happened.

If you decide to let them stay and grow, keep an eye on them at and the 1st signs of a wobbely gait or a drunk like appearance, call Animal control. We have both spotted and striped ones here and during late summer they become a problem due to the desiease factor.

..............................
I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just a further mention, I was reading in a hospital recently that once you develop symptoms of rabies it is uncurable and always fatal(no patch for that bug). If you have cats, dogs, or kids you must really take care of the situation.

Call the Wildlife Conservation Office(skunk experten), they'll give the solution.

Fritz Franzen<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Correction: Just because you've caught rabies doesn't mean you'll aways die. You've got it confused with something nastier like Ebola (which basically liquifies your internals).

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ All about rabies. In particular: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/Introduction/intro.htm So basically, rabies will kill you if you're stupid enough not to go to the hospital ASAP.

As for my own animal problem, my mother was getting fed up with the neighbourhood squirrels eating her roses et al. She solved the problem by buying a humane trap and getting me to bring the trap out to the woods. Glad I wore leather gloves, those squirrels are fighting mad in them cages.

As for skunks, I've only seen one around my neighbourhood, and that was on the way to work at 11:30 at night. I'm glad I saw it in time, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go to work being uber-stinky.

Dunhill_BKK
06-22-2004, 06:31 AM
I reckon you've made the right decision to let them live where they have chosen, and not trap and move them. I've never had problems with the skunks in my backyard. Additionally, don't be worried about the rabies problem, because if they ever do contract it, it is most likely they'll die before you notice anything wrong.

I've always enjoyed my encounters with skunks. You can alsways tell when they walk by the window.

I miss them now that I'm down under, no smelly creatures here. I don't reckon they'll allow any in the zoos either because of the rabies problem.

Simjock
06-22-2004, 07:31 AM
I got sprayed once by a kitten that wondered into my yard, so be carefull. They ar'nt called, "little squirts" for nothing.

My local animal control officer did a great job. She lured the family out with a trout, and tossed a large cotton canvas over them.

She toled me a vinager bath is the best way to remove the smell.

Good luck.

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triggerhappyfin
06-23-2004, 02:03 AM
Well, it seems to me the best way to deal with skunks is by prevent them from spreading the stench :http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Triggerhappyfin/bush.jpg

Then half the job´s done. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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DuxCorvan
06-23-2004, 06:59 AM
Cover yourself with something like a plastic suit and diving glasses, and catch the animal.

After you have done the job, make that suit and glasses disappear.

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Udidtoo
06-23-2004, 07:34 AM
I'm probably going to regret trying this but here goes.

1st let me say your heart is obviously in the right place.

Its all well and good to gift these animals with human traits and such, trouble is, the skunks don't know or care because they are WILD ANIMALS.

I'm not writing this to be a kill joy but because you really seem to care about them. If so then please consider some of my points for both your and your neighbors, and the skunks concerns.

A.Momma might "have eyes that gleam with intelligence" but what she really has in abundance is Instinct. At the 1st sign or sound of harm to one of her kitts, she is going to both spray and bite. Not because she is malicsious (see, human traits again, don't apply) but because thats what they do.

B.We have become the frivilous lawsuit generation. Ask your self this. If momma skunk chews her way up cute little Susie with the thick parents from acroos the roads arm,are the parents more likly to sue the pants off of 1. momma skunk or b.Chainsawofdoom?

C. If someone is bitten 2 things happen. The animal who bit is tested for rabies and then DESTROYED, I hope the capitals get your attention because if it excercises what its instincts tell it, it will pay with its life.
The other thing is, if the test is inconclusive, most doctors will take a course of prevenitive medicine that involves 4 inch needles in the stomach to who ever was bitten.

D. Last but since you obviously do care about them not least. The more you interact with these (and again let me stress) wild animals, the more dependent on you they will become and that insures several things. Momma and or, little girl skunks will return for next seasons litter.
More important for their survival. You are accidently training them to be human dependent and thereby decreasing their chances for survivel when they leave momma's protection.

I give you all this from experiance. My father raised and trained trail dogs for both Racoon and mountain lion. Fur hunting was quite profitable in the 60's and 70's and we always had orphaned critters on the premises.

I have had the great fun of being throughly chewed upon by 2 racoons and 1 really pi$$ed off coyote pup.

God yes, they are cute and god yes, they don't know or care that we think so. They are not domesticated cats or dogs. They are creatures of the wild. In the long run, IMHO the best thing you can do for them is to try and return them to it with as little contact from you and other humans as possible.

Take some pictures to go with the memories and say goodbye.

OK unsolicited advice over, do with it what you will.

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I always have just enough fuel to arrive at the scene of my crash.

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IKG26Redcoat
06-23-2004, 01:01 PM
I dont know about skunks, but if its anything like rabbits , this is what you do.
You will need
1 pepperpot
1 housebrick
1 lettace leaf (or whatever skunks like to eat)

you take the lettace leaf (or skunk food), shake lots of pepper on it, and place it on the housebrick.
Mr Bunny (or skunk)then comes amblin along, sees the food, and starts to eat.
A couple of bites into it, the pepper will take effect, and the rabbit (or skunk) will proceed to smash his little bunny skull in on the housebrick whilst sneezing uncontrollably.

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nearmiss
06-23-2004, 03:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by IKG26Redcoat:
I dont know about skunks, but if its anything like rabbits , this is what you do.
You will need
1 pepperpot
1 housebrick
1 lettace leaf (or whatever skunks like to eat)

you take the lettace leaf (or skunk food), shake lots of pepper on it, and place it on the housebrick.
Mr Bunny (or skunk)then comes amblin along, sees the food, and starts to eat.
A couple of bites into it, the pepper will take effect, and the rabbit (or skunk) will proceed to smash his little bunny skull in on the housebrick whilst sneezing uncontrollably.

And if u belive that I may have some interesting business propositions u may be interested in http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Anyone having trouble with RATS?

Take Classic CocaCola, fill a bunch of small lid caps and set a bunch out. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif The rats will drink the CocaCola and die of GAS. Rats can't F$RT.

I can't tell you what to do if they get into places you can't find their bodies. You'll have to just tolerate the smell.

We used to put them out on the beaches of a lake (fresh water) next to our airbase at night. The rats would go for water at night and die before they could get back into the hangars and other places. It worked slick, but it was a never ending story. Rat breed like rabbits http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/88.gif

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Scen
06-23-2004, 03:50 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fehler:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chainsawofdoom:
I DO NOT want to kill or harm these animals...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Let me know where you live, and I will come kill them for you. That way you wont have to.

I have blasted many a pole-cat in my day. They are good for nothing else.

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http://webpages.charter.net/cuda70/9JG54.html<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nice...

Taylortony
06-23-2004, 04:42 PM
I probably shouldn't say this but I used to have problems with a neighbours cat that used to climb on my car and use its claws to get a grip as it did it.................... Solution...... I used to feed it titbits and got real friendly with it till it trusted me, then when it go to the stage of letting me hold it I carried it over to my car and popped it in the boot (Trunk for the colonials amongst you) then took it for a day trip out to the next town,(about 30 miles) stopped, opened the boot gave him a final stroke and let him go on his merry way....... not seen it since http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Neighbour asked me, have you seen my cat? replied, no, not since yesterday http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Problem solved....

nearmiss
06-23-2004, 05:32 PM
My late uncle, about 6'6" tall, had a mean streak and basically was just a bully. He embraced his macho image by owning a mean as heck Pit Bulldog, which weighed about 65 pounds. He constantly tormented my aunt by aggitating the dog to bark and snarl at her regularly. Often the dog would lurch at her vicously. When my uncle wasn't around the dog pretty well left her at peace, but he began to just nip her below the waist. It wasn't a real bite, but she said it really hurt bad.

She was terribly tormented when my uncle drank too much. He threatend her with the snarling mutt, as it lay below his seated butt.

My aunt, this tiny little woman about 5'2" tall weighed about 90 pounds. She was beside herself and out of patience. I recall her saying in a quiet little voice, "I'm going to just outsmart this situation."

She secretly bought this herb called Nux Vomica. She waited about thirty minutes before my uncle came home and fed the dog a beautiful small steak laced with the Nux Vomica. Importantly, she emptied the dogs water pan and left the scene.

When my uncle came home he walked to the back of the house and the dog was just fine. As he petted it's head he noticed it's water pan was empty. So he filled the water pan... The dog gorged himself immediately and started into a fit. The dog ran crazily, howled all over the backyard and dropped over dead.

To the day my uncle died, he never knew what happened to that dog. My sweet little aunt never let on. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif

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Urokai
06-23-2004, 06:22 PM
how do the skunk scent actually smell like?

to gt182: lol a skunk named channel#5 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

SwingerSpecial
06-23-2004, 07:08 PM
I'd recommend trying some mothballs - The smell will make most creatures hit CTRL-E very quickly. Just be careful with that stuff yourself, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT just toss them around at random! Place them in a container of some sort so you can get rid of them after they've done the trick, otherwise the smell will stay long after the skunks are gone.

VonKlugermon
06-23-2004, 07:52 PM
I'm suprised no one thought of this guy to help lure Momma away:

http://www.photobucket.com/albums/1003/willson/pepe.bmp

Willy

NegativeGee
06-23-2004, 08:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by VF-19:
Correction: Just because you've caught rabies doesn't mean you'll aways die. You've got it confused with something nastier like Ebola (which basically liquifies your internals)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rabies is worse than Ebola. It even has an entry in the Guiness Book of Records under "Deadliest Disease". However, that is in the abscene of treatment. If you can get treated quickly, rabies is very successfully treated (as your link says).

Anyway, nasty diseases aside, thanks for sharing your Skunks, Chainsawofdoom , you definately put a smile on my face http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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wayno7777
06-23-2004, 08:43 PM
Pepe LePuehttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I think it's alittle late for him. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Anyway after 4 pages of this I think we need some pics. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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StellarRat
06-23-2004, 09:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Taylortony:
I probably shouldn't say this but I used to have problems with a neighbours cat that used to climb on my car and use its claws to get a grip as it did it.................... Solution...... I used to feed it titbits and got real friendly with it till it trusted me, then when it go to the stage of letting me hold it I carried it over to my car and popped it in the boot (Trunk for the colonials amongst you) then took it for a day trip out to the next town,(about 30 miles) stopped, opened the boot gave him a final stroke and let him go on his merry way....... not seen it since http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Neighbour asked me, have you seen my cat? replied, no, not since yesterday http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Problem solved....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Real funny. You're a f****** jerk. If someone did that to my cat I'd burn their car. Was the animal to blame in this? No, it was the owner that left it out. You should have taken it up with him/her. Now that poor innocent cat may starve to death and your neighbor is probably heartbroken. All over a few scratches in your paint. I'm sure the neighbor would have much rather paid for paint than to lose something they loved. Obviously you value your property over a intelligent life. I feel sorry for you.

Simjock
06-23-2004, 09:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by triggerhappyfin:
Well, it seems to me the best way to deal with skunks is by prevent them from spreading the stench :http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v257/Triggerhappyfin/bush.jpg

Then half the job´s done. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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Chainsawofdoom
06-23-2004, 10:28 PM
Wow. I seem to have a talent for starting looooooooong threads. Mitlov, you here, dude?

Anyway, the skunks are doing fine. I'm not feeding them or anything, and the young are growing up, it would seem. My neighbor has taken a keen intrest in them and is trying to help the siruation by keeping strangers and other spectators away.

I know that they are wild animals, but they are showing no signs of rabies and I have read on the subject deeply. They just seem to be a healthy bunch of wild animals that have taken refuge in a very hospitable place.

I let my cat out last night, as I always do when she paws at the door. Puss Puss (my kitty) of course went straight to the little kitten skunks who were ambling about as usual. Mrs. skunk had her head pressed flat on the ground and watched the whole situation, but didn't budge from her place under the shed slats.

My cat went up and sniffed the baby skunks on their heads, and even started to groom one of them like a mother tends to her babies. There were no signs of agression from either party. Two of the baby skunk even followed her about the yard for a few minutes, watchign what she was doing (which was to eat grass!)

I called for Puss and she came to the door, and I let her in. It was very tempting to give some food to the family of skunks, but my better judgement prevailed and I let them be.

I watched them for a while afterward, and many a smile crossed both my girlfriends face and my own as Mrs. Skunk came out once it was quite dark and her babies followed her off into the dark brush nearby. I could actually see and hear her "teach" her young how to sniff about. I saw her catch a few slugs and something else in the grass, probably an earthworm or something.


This is where I'll leave off now. Nature is progressing beautifully and healthy here in my little neiche on this earth. I shall tamper with it in no way. If they move on, so be it. If they return next year, thus; so be it. They have as much a right to this land as do I.

And also, yourself. Understand with no doubts or question that these (and a great many other species, for that matter) have been here in "our" lands for millions of years before we, as humans, invaded theirs. We must learn to share, and I have no problem in doing so.

All it takes on my part is a tiny bit of extra caution and care. When I go outside after dark, it's no inconvinience or trouble to look around for a second before I go down my steps. If I have to go up my driveway in the dark, I can walk right by Mrs. Skunk and so long as I don't present to her any danger, she'll leave me alone just as I do her. It isn't really that hard.

In fact, it's beautiful...

wayno7777
06-23-2004, 10:58 PM
Right on, Chains!!!

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ElektroFredrik
06-24-2004, 05:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chainsawofdoom:
I'm not screwing around with her any more.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wise decision, such activities are illegal
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Huxley_S
06-24-2004, 06:02 AM
You should put up a "Beware of the Skunks" sign, in case anyone fools around with them and then blames you.

I like your attitude to these lovely wild creatures. I wish I had some skunks in my yard!

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Extreme_One
06-24-2004, 06:28 AM
One of the best threads I've read for a long while.

Thanks for sharing (and for caring!)

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