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Old 08-15-2012, 10:35 AM   #477
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A funny story, years ago my wife's aunt was having problems with squirrels, they were everywhere! She called the forestry service & ask them what to do, they told her they would bring her some traps and when the squirrels were caught the forestry service would come get them & take them away! Although she wanted the squirrels gone she didn't want them hurt! So ask what they did with the squirrels once they hauled them off? He assured her they wouldn't be hurt, in fact they would let them go at this particular greenway park! The problem with that...., her aunts house backed up to that park! LOL

AND.... How do we know this is Sal & not Noreen?....
Yeah, well the ground squirrels like to eat my chicken food. It started to get expensive so I got some traps and shot them when i caught them. I also used a snap trap that would kill them. I have told my kids we would only kill animals to eat, or if they are in someway hurting us or our live stock...

I don't use snap traps anymore, one day when it was pulled off behind the pressure washer in the barn i figured it didn't kill the squirrel, which had never happened before. So I thought I would pull it out and finish it off, but it wouldn't come out. when I tilted the pressure washer over..... There was a skunk with it's front paw in the trap. I RAN FAST.. it didn't spay YET

NOW, skunks kill chickens, lots of them, and they just eat the heads and leave the rest... So this one was going to be dead but not in my barn. I cut the wire so i would run out but it didn't. And when moving the pressure washer with a broom it let lose. WOOOOO. it was strong.

SO I ended up shooting it and my barn stunk for about a month or so...

I don't use snap traps anymore. Not that skunks like being caught in live traps either

not sure where i was going with this. OH, skunks are baaaad
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:29 PM   #478
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I caught a skunk in my cage trap. Now what to do?

I threw an old blanket over the trap and moved the trap behind the pick-up.

Ran a vacuum hose under the blanket cranked up the truck and in just a few minutes the skunk went to sleep.

Now argue about that method.
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I caught a skunk in my cage trap. Now what to do?

I threw an old blanket over the trap and moved the trap behind the pick-up.

Ran a vacuum hose under the blanket cranked up the truck and in just a few minutes the skunk went to sleep.

Now argue about that method.
What happened to the blanket afterwards?
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:23 PM   #480
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They don't spay if no provoked. I had one in a trap that the dogs had been provoking. Couldn't get near it to put a tarp over it. Tarps don't let the smell through like a towel. If by chance they do spray.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:47 PM   #481
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Somebody told me they can't spray from a live trap if they can't raise their tail. But I would still hold my breath on that one. Sal.
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I'm retired and my wife still works. I discovered the answer a while ago. Just do a crappy job. At least it worked in my case. I do a lot of the chores, but the tedious ones that I despise, I screwed up badly enough that I'm no longer allowed to do them.

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Seriously - that's EXACTLY what we did in the Army to avoid jobs we didn't want to do again, like make coffee or raise an antenna.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #483
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Somebody told me they can't spray from a live trap if they can't raise their tail. But I would still hold my breath on that one. Sal.
I've been told that too. but I don't want to test that theory...
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Just put a skunk near a road and they'll wander onto it and when they see a car coming, they try to spray it (it always worked before with anything else), and splat!

It seems like anytime we got somewhere in this county there's skunk smell on a section of highway. Actually, I don't think it smells bad although I'm not looking to bring one home either.

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Just put a skunk near a road and they'll wander onto it and when they see a car coming, they try to spray it (it always worked before with anything else), and splat!

It seems like anytime we got somewhere in this county there's skunk smell on a section of highway. Actually, I don't think it smells bad although I'm not looking to bring one home either.

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"Old" skunk smell left on the road after the skunk is gone is pungent, but I've smelled cheeses (Limburger) and fruit (Durians) that are worse. "New" smell from fresh road-kill or a live skunk is so eye-watering that it must have been the inspiration for military-issue tear gas!
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"Old" skunk smell left on the road after the skunk is gone is pungent, but I've smelled cheeses (Limburger) and fruit (Durians) that are worse. "New" smell from fresh road-kill or a live skunk is so eye-watering that it must have been the inspiration for military-issue tear gas!
I like Limburger, though I never see it in the stores anymore. Maybe I should live at a skunk farm and cheese factory.

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"Old" skunk smell left on the road after the skunk is gone is pungent, but I've smelled cheeses (Limburger) and fruit (Durians) that are worse. "New" smell from fresh road-kill or a live skunk is so eye-watering that it must have been the inspiration for military-issue tear gas!

Gene are you at home? I can't see anything from all the smoke around here. I haven't seen the San Juan or the West Elks since I have been home ! I can't even see Delta Today and it's only 13 miles as the crow flies.



The smell you smell on the road is only about as half what the fresh out of the butt smell is. It makes your eyes water it's so strong. I know from the one that let lose in my barn. I didn't get sprayed but my barn sure did..
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I had a problem with skunks in Estancia where I lived. They used to visit my chicken coop in the middle of the night. On one occassion I heard a commotion and ran out in my underwear and a broom to shoo the skunk.

I then got a live trap. Yes, they don't spray when in a trap. Caught about a dozen of them. But of course, it could have been the same skunk 12 times.

Skunks are always getting a bad rap. are pretty intelligent. Skunks deserve love and respect and have feelings too. They make good pets.

Any Loudon Wainwright IIL fans?
"Crossing the highway late last night
he didn't look left and he didn't look right.
He didn't see the station wagon car.
The skunk got squooshed and there you are.
Dead skunk in the middle of the road.
Dead skunk in the middle of the road.
Dead skunk in the middle of the road.
Stinking to high heaven!"
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Skunks deserve love and respect and have feelings too. They make good pets.
I believe you have skunks (AKA Polecats) confused with ferrets (AKA European Polecats), who DO make good pets, once you've de-scented them.
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Shape shifting skunks

They have many talents.

Long long ago and a dark and stormy night highway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, I saw a skunk appear in the head lights, before I could even react, my wife (now ex) screamed, "Look out for the monkey!!".

Keep in mind this is the same college graduate wife, that once asked me where the sun went when it set. On another occasion, we were on Lake Mead in her brother's boat. She got a wondering look at her face (actually she looked like that a lot) and said "This is a man made lake isn't it?"
I said, "Yes."
Then she asked, "Where did they put all the dirt?"
I told her, "They put it in big trucks and hauled it to Washington State, and built Mt Rainier.
Of course she said, "Oh."

In her defense, although she was not blond, she was a cheerleader.

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