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    A skunk has burrowed into the ground under an old barn foundation in a small pasture behind my current barn and about 200 feet from my house.

    I wouldn't mind getting rid of it.

    Filling in the hole hasn't worked (3x), nor has covering the hole with planks and cement blocks (4x). A live trap just doesn't seem like the thing to do in the case of a skunk.

    I don't own a weapon, and I'd have to be a lot angrier than I am now before I'd go down the road and borrow one of my gun-nut neighbor's 12 rifles.
    The skunk moves mostly at night, so even if I decided to shoot it, I'd have to stand out there in the dark and wait and hope I saw it before it saw me.

    Any suggestions?




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    Default Re: I've got a skunk!

    Get rid of it:

    http://www.aaanimalcontrol.com/profe...te/Indiana.htm

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    Live with it:

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/skunks.htm


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    Or, as the skunk goes out for his evening walk, surprise it by running at it waving a towel and yelling, "Rooowr Rooowwr! I'm a big badger!"

    It will probably run away, never to be seen again.
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    We had a skunk that lived under our barracks in Missouri for two years. We saw it all of the time and fortunately no one ever got a taste of the tail end of that bad boy. Finally one day they ended up trapping the guy with a live trap and a can of cat food. They took it out to a remote area and let it go. Two months later it was back. It was kind of like our stinky little mascot. I don't know any other way unless you can get another animal scent like they do with deer urine. Maybe they make a coyote urine or something that you can put down that will get the skunk to find another home.

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    Any foxes around? A fox is one of the few animals with the iron gut it takes to eat a skunk. I've heard that if you get a fox statue, I'm guessing one that is plastic and even colored like a fox, and move it around your yard, your skunk will leave. And if not at least you neighbors will have some good video of crazy fox man who walks his fake fox to post on YouTube.

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    They are nomadic, per the web sites, and it should move on by itself after awhile. That's why I actually would recommend co-existence.

    Well, that and the fact that it's your house, and not mine.
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    Thanks, to all for the comments and recommendations.

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    It will probably run away, never to be seen again.
    They really are remarkable in that respect. I don't think they can run. Has anyone ever seen a skunk really moving fast? Through the years whenever I've seen one and shouted at it or thrown rocks at it, it hardly seem to notice.

    No camouflage, no horns or other fighting ability, no capacity for flight: their defensive strategy is based entirely on the one mechanism.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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    their defensive strategy is based entirely on the one mechanism.
    So is mine. Pass the guacamole.

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    My friend had a pet skunk. Most annoying creature ever. It would walk the perimeter at night, constantly and if any room was closed it would scratch on the doors nonstop.

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    I thought you guys in Putnam county considered it a good omen to have Skunks on your farms?


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    My friend had a pet skunk. Most annoying creature ever. It would walk the perimeter at night, constantly and if any room was closed it would scratch on the doors nonstop.
    My cat does the scratching in doors thing. Animals hate shut doors that are normally open.

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    My cat does the scratching in doors thing. Animals hate shut doors that are normally open.
    It wasn't even normally open. The skunk just really really wanted to walk around everywhere.

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    A mongoose or a ferret is the same. They just prowl constantly.

    It is great to see when you're in somebody else's house. But I can see not wanting one in your own house.

    Latest word on the skunk: it dug its way out again and is still hanging around.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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    DANG IT!

    The stupid thing came out of the high grass and I never saw it until it was too late.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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    so, i guess it sprayed you or close enough?
    you might try getting some smoke bombs, light them and throw them down there and then put a good solid cover over it to make sure most of the smoke doesn't escape.
    that might do it.

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    so, i guess it sprayed you or close enough?
    t.


    Yep. That's what I get for listening to NevilleChamberlain99 and his recommendation to co-exist.

    "It should move on by itself after awhile," he said.

    "All it wants is the Sudetenland," he said.

    "Peace in our time," he said.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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    LMAO at that last one Putty.

    I have a friend who is an professional varmit eradicator....I'll check with him.

    Other than that, I've been loking for a reason to try out my new laser sights. From a distance of course.
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    Yeessssss....my nefarious plan has borne fruit.
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    Should have gotten a old vacuum hose and jimmy it to a tail pipe. Stick it down the hole. Appeasement is for the Swedes.

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    Should have gotten a old vacuum hose and jimmy it to a tail pipe. Stick it down the hole. Appeasement is for the Swedes.
    Devious. I like it. Does this work on mothers-in law?

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    Devious. I like it. Does this work on mothers-in law?
    If you use a mask and run the hose to the air vents.

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    No camouflage, no horns or other fighting ability, no capacity for flight: their defensive strategy is based entirely on the one mechanism.
    Did you ever think that this might be the only way they can communicate friendship, too?
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    So now that he sprayed you, are you angry enough to borrow a gun from the neighbor and blow the thing to bits?

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    Did you ever think that this might be the only way they can communicate friendship, too?
    I believe my daughter's billy goat is being friendly when it butts me in the back of the leg.

    But, no, I don't think the skunk is being friendly. I think it wants lebensraum.



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    But they never had much use for me
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