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Chainsawofdoom
06-25-2004, 11:33 PM
Hey guys. For those who followed my dilemma with the mother skunk who took up residence under my shed with her seven babies, tonight I have the rest of the story. And it has a very happy ending, for all parties.

Disgusted and completely at a loss in regards to the local "animal control" people around here in Massachusetts, I was forced to take these dire matters into my own hands.

I could not allow these skunks to live under my shed. There fate was assured with traffic, stupid people, and neighborhood pets. I had to move them out of here and back into the wild. Here's how it went:

For the past three nights I have been busy building a trap of sorts for Mrs. Skunk. It was nothing more than a box with a hinged panel on one end of it. You know, like the old fashioned trap with the box held up with a stick with a rope attached? LOL. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

To the hinged flap I screwed on a twenty pound weight from my weight set, and rigged up a clever (IMHO) system in which a wooden peg held it open, attached to 30 feet (10 meters) of thin but strong twine. One good yank on the twine and POW! The lid would swing closed. It worked great! Now, to try it in the field...


As usual, last night the babies were out playing in the grass. Mrs. Skunk was nowhere to be seen but I knew she was under the shed. I set up a ten-foot square plastic tarp on the ground near the shed, placed the trap I built right in the middle and put three opened cans of stinky sardines inside.

I then unwound the twine, set up a lawn chair, and chilled once the sun went down. And waited. And waited...

The worst part of all this is the fact that the tiny, ADORABLE baby skunk kittens were all around me. The were walking on my shoes, one even climbed up into my lap! Go ahead, call me what you will, but I couldn't resist and pet the little critter.

Dude, the little guy purred!

It didn't take very long, come to think of it. Probably around eight O'clock, there she was, Mrs. Skunk in all her glory. She made a few clicking sounds and her babies rambled off to meet her. And sure enough, she went straight into the trap I built.

As soon as I couldn't see her tail any more, I pulled hard on the twine, and the lip slammed shut. Fearing skunk spray, I waited and waited. Nothing.

Carefully, I went up to the trap and started folding up the tarp around it. Her babies were all around. I had to move three of them off the tarp to close it up loosely so that she didn't suffocate inside. Then, one by one I put the babies into a big cardboard box, loaded up everyone into the trunk of my Lebaron, and headed off.

I drove them off a good forty miles into the middle of nowhere, into the woods. Once I found a good spot near a creek (figuring that there would be plenty of bugs, frogs, salamanders and other good Skunk food nearby) I took the box with the babies out first and walked them away from the road (which was the definition of deserted road, BTW) and turned them loose. They just sat in a tight group, looking at me.

I have to admit that my heart sank when they started following me back to my car, like I was Daddy or something. I took my "trap" with Mrs. Skunk inside, tarp and all, out of the trunk and walked into the woods with her. Unfurling the tarp presented a terrible stench. I'm sure it wasn't a full-on skunk shot, but at least a few drops of evil were there to be sure...

I took the peg with the string out of the door and threw it over a high branch, unlocking the hatch. Then I tied it to the front of the box, and from a good 25 feet away, pulled the twine slowly which had the effect of lifting the box up, and spilling Mrs. Skunk out of the trap gently and onto the ground.

Then I fled like a coward! I know that she was P.O.'d! But I can say that before I jumped back into the Lebaron and hit the gas (and turbocharger!) to get the heck out of there, I looked back at them one last time.

The last thing that I saw was Mrs. Skunk and her seven babies. They were walking off, into the darkness of the woods.


I know that I will never forget her, Mrs. Skunk and her babies. They brought me a lot of smiles. And I know that I'm not the only one that enjoyed her company...

Chainsawofdoom
06-25-2004, 11:33 PM
Hey guys. For those who followed my dilemma with the mother skunk who took up residence under my shed with her seven babies, tonight I have the rest of the story. And it has a very happy ending, for all parties.

Disgusted and completely at a loss in regards to the local "animal control" people around here in Massachusetts, I was forced to take these dire matters into my own hands.

I could not allow these skunks to live under my shed. There fate was assured with traffic, stupid people, and neighborhood pets. I had to move them out of here and back into the wild. Here's how it went:

For the past three nights I have been busy building a trap of sorts for Mrs. Skunk. It was nothing more than a box with a hinged panel on one end of it. You know, like the old fashioned trap with the box held up with a stick with a rope attached? LOL. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

To the hinged flap I screwed on a twenty pound weight from my weight set, and rigged up a clever (IMHO) system in which a wooden peg held it open, attached to 30 feet (10 meters) of thin but strong twine. One good yank on the twine and POW! The lid would swing closed. It worked great! Now, to try it in the field...


As usual, last night the babies were out playing in the grass. Mrs. Skunk was nowhere to be seen but I knew she was under the shed. I set up a ten-foot square plastic tarp on the ground near the shed, placed the trap I built right in the middle and put three opened cans of stinky sardines inside.

I then unwound the twine, set up a lawn chair, and chilled once the sun went down. And waited. And waited...

The worst part of all this is the fact that the tiny, ADORABLE baby skunk kittens were all around me. The were walking on my shoes, one even climbed up into my lap! Go ahead, call me what you will, but I couldn't resist and pet the little critter.

Dude, the little guy purred!

It didn't take very long, come to think of it. Probably around eight O'clock, there she was, Mrs. Skunk in all her glory. She made a few clicking sounds and her babies rambled off to meet her. And sure enough, she went straight into the trap I built.

As soon as I couldn't see her tail any more, I pulled hard on the twine, and the lip slammed shut. Fearing skunk spray, I waited and waited. Nothing.

Carefully, I went up to the trap and started folding up the tarp around it. Her babies were all around. I had to move three of them off the tarp to close it up loosely so that she didn't suffocate inside. Then, one by one I put the babies into a big cardboard box, loaded up everyone into the trunk of my Lebaron, and headed off.

I drove them off a good forty miles into the middle of nowhere, into the woods. Once I found a good spot near a creek (figuring that there would be plenty of bugs, frogs, salamanders and other good Skunk food nearby) I took the box with the babies out first and walked them away from the road (which was the definition of deserted road, BTW) and turned them loose. They just sat in a tight group, looking at me.

I have to admit that my heart sank when they started following me back to my car, like I was Daddy or something. I took my "trap" with Mrs. Skunk inside, tarp and all, out of the trunk and walked into the woods with her. Unfurling the tarp presented a terrible stench. I'm sure it wasn't a full-on skunk shot, but at least a few drops of evil were there to be sure...

I took the peg with the string out of the door and threw it over a high branch, unlocking the hatch. Then I tied it to the front of the box, and from a good 25 feet away, pulled the twine slowly which had the effect of lifting the box up, and spilling Mrs. Skunk out of the trap gently and onto the ground.

Then I fled like a coward! I know that she was P.O.'d! But I can say that before I jumped back into the Lebaron and hit the gas (and turbocharger!) to get the heck out of there, I looked back at them one last time.

The last thing that I saw was Mrs. Skunk and her seven babies. They were walking off, into the darkness of the woods.


I know that I will never forget her, Mrs. Skunk and her babies. They brought me a lot of smiles. And I know that I'm not the only one that enjoyed her company...

RAF74Leadfinger
06-26-2004, 12:04 AM
Glad to hear it all worked out well in the end. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm surprised you left the trap behind though.

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Dammerung
06-26-2004, 12:28 AM
Im happy for you. It's better this way, as cute as the little buggers are.

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wayno7777
06-26-2004, 12:45 AM
Great job, Chains. You'll always feel good about it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

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DD_NL
06-26-2004, 01:09 AM
Awww man, this story is just so sad http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/cry.gif but yet heart-warming http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif ..sniff..sniff..Can I get the movie rights?

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necrobaron
06-26-2004, 02:14 AM
Hehe, I've never had any direct interaction with baby skunks or their mothers, but they certainly are entertaining to watch. I'm glad everything worked out for you and your skunks. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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06-26-2004, 02:36 AM
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JG52_Helgstrand
06-26-2004, 02:43 AM
Glad you took care of it in a humane way, it's amazing the conection we can have with so called wild life...

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carguy_
06-26-2004, 03:37 AM
Nice story. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Bluedog72
06-26-2004, 04:05 AM
Good for you mate, far too many people would have just shot them or something.

We dont have skunks down here, but I have a cranky old mother possum living in my back yard.
She has been around for years, lives in a hollow branch in an old ironbark tree.
Anyway, of an evening you will hear it sitting out in it's tree, chattering away until the dogs come to investigate.....at which point she starts throwing sticks and twigs and stuff down on them, then 'laughs' at them, shows them her snowy white rear end, and goes back inside her hollow branch.

LOL, this has been an almost daily event for years now, and the dogs have yet to figure out that she's doing it for giggles.

jensenpark
06-26-2004, 06:02 AM
well done!

You're a brave man trying this...as anyone who has been anywhere near one of those things when it 'goes off'. Pretty disgusting...

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Yellonet
06-26-2004, 06:18 AM
I'm such a sucker for happy endings http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/cry.gif

Glad it worked out for you and the skunks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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VF-19
06-26-2004, 06:34 AM
Glad to hear everything worked out great. By the way, are you sure they didn't migrate to Canada? There's a very cute baby skunk that's hanging around my house and momma had to be nearby...

LuckyBoy1
06-26-2004, 09:20 AM
You a good man ChainDude! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Also, it's obvious you took some effort to research and find out what is a good environment to release the skunks into. Too many people just release animals into environments thare are not suited for them. The only risk factor you added for them is they may have landed in the territory of another skunk, but I'm sure they'll find a way. In the end, the risks to the skunks by relocating them to a proper environment far outweighed their sticking around humans and the inevitable conflicts that would come up, including being run over by cars and eating rat poison etc.

Quite frankly, I'm surprised the skunks did not fire off more spray and stink up your car etc. A good friend of mine from back home in Montana (he traps skunks for a living believe it or not) said for you to do exactly what you finally did. I went to post a reply, but after writing it all out, the post didn't take and I was also kinda squeamish about telling you something like that. According to Charlie (my trapper friend) The skunks won't fire unless they've got a target. He warned me that they may "leak" some scent out as a warning to those they feel are threatening them and I guess that's what happened to you. That was where the squeamish part came into play. I asked Charlie, "What exactly does leaking mean"? The answer was less than precise, so I hesitated to tell you of his advice.

Apparently, the skunk scent is collected by trappers like Charlie and the ordor neutralized. Then the resulting product is used as a carrier in the finest of purfumes. Still, I think it's a tough way to make a living! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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jobace
06-26-2004, 11:21 AM
love the story http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
you are a good man chainsaw.
full of emotion http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
respect for what you did with the skunkfamily.
and inventive too http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

Woof603
06-26-2004, 11:36 AM
A great post all the way. You're aces, man. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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Aero_Shodanjo
06-26-2004, 11:43 AM
You're a man with good, kind heart C
I'm following this thread since the first time and, well, this is one of a kind story that really touches hearts of many who read it.

I am sure that the skunk family recognize ur kindness and understand why you cant let them stay in/around your residence.

I'm glad it ends this way.

May God Almighty bless you.

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h009291
06-26-2004, 11:54 AM
Obviously City Folks all ya :P

I grew up on a farm where Skunks were the scourge. They were always breaking into the Chicken House and stealing eggs and killing our fine Poultry.

Putting a slug in them was the only option. Sounds crude ... but, that's life in the real world.

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F19_Ob
06-26-2004, 12:10 PM
That was some effort mate.
Hope they dont find their way back in double force http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

GT182
06-26-2004, 12:11 PM
Congrats Chains! Great to hear of the "happy ending". http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I wish I could have seen it all happen. LOL I might have even wisked a little one away to bring home. I told ya they make great pets, and I knew you'd get close to the babies.... when they're that small they can't spray yet. There's a little bit of a sucker for any baby animal in all of us.

We've got a bunch of adult skunks around our house and every night they're out digging grubs out of my lawn. It can be downright smelly around here at times. Especially when the cat we had was nailed right square in the puss by one. Now that was nasty. Good thing we had plenty of tomato juice on hand. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/cry.gif

Sorry h009291, I know the little sh#ts can be a pest and very destructive, but after all, they are cute. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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-HH-Dubbo
06-26-2004, 01:04 PM
Good stuff Chainsaw. Thanks for keeping us posted and kudos for not taking the easy way out
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p-39driver
06-27-2004, 12:31 PM
I've been following this thread from the get go.

I must say that your solution was brilliant,and has shown that you hold animal life in high regard.

VERY well done!

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Extreme_One
06-29-2004, 08:38 AM
I'm so glad worked out well for you and for the skunks. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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