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I’ve seen the little fella now a few times … and now we’re beginning to think we’ve got a problem, like realizing the church pianist might do better at a different church…
Anyway, we’ve got a skunk who has discovered that he can feed nightly at our bird feeder. We want to be hospitable but extending such to skunks could create all sorts of problems. So….
How do you get rid of a skunk?
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Url Scaramanga

posted November 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Uh, with a gun.

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Url Scaramanga

posted November 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Or the humane approach…
Find a female black cat, paint a white stripe down it’s back, and spray a little perfume on her. Then send her out into the yard.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

You will think I am kidding, but I am not:
Try playing music, somewhat loud, outside, overnight. Better if you can do it directly into their tunnels/holes. Apparently they cannot stand it.
However, depending on how loud, your neighbors may not like it either.

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Tim Franklin

posted November 5, 2009 at 3:42 pm

We, unfortunately, have had several close encounters with skunks here in Vermont. In fact my wife has developed a skunk anxiety/phobia. The stories I could tell…. Anyway, one thing that we have learned is that they don’t like mothballs. Put them outside around the house, around the feeder, and anyplace else that you don’t want the skunk.

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Taylor George

posted November 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

My 4 yr old wants nothing more than to have a pet skunk. Go figure.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

You could try trapping it, although getting the skunk out of the trap could be “interesting”.
You might also call your local animal control people and see what they recommend. They might even have traps you can borrow.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm

My pastor had that problem not too long ago. Bright man that he is and one who is swift to come to a conclusion discovered, after a few weeks of skunk perfume filling the manse, that we actually have skunk exterminators in Silicon Valley. It didn’t take long for the exterminator to track down a dead skunk in a crawl space. If I remember right the same thing happened not long after that. (I may be wrong there) But, wise man that he is, the crawl space is now inaccessable for Pepe Lepew…or was it Fifi? Anyway…resolution??? Don’t ask me, ask John.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Same as with the chipmunks.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

You may have heard that all critters have a place in the choir. So, obviously you need to find that place!

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posted November 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm

rabbit trap with food inside. Or a wildlife exterminator

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posted November 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Call your city and see if they will come out and set a trap.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

I just saw the mythbusters about getting skunk odor out. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda plus a squirt of dish soap did better than the commercial cleaner. So if you end up having a smelly misadventure along the way, now you know!

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J. R. Daniel Kirk

posted November 5, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Have it de-scented at the vet, then keep it as a pet.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm

We had trouble with skunks when I was a kid digging holes in the front yard. My father got sick of it and stayed up late one night with his shotgun in a chair and shot it. He did the same thing a few months later with another one. We never had any more problems. After we got a dog they sure didn’t come around anymore either.
Don’t know if you’re anti-gun or anything, but that’s an easy approach, even if it’s just a high-powered BB gun with a scope or something. There’s nothing “inhumane” about killing an animal in such a situation. I see it as part of our responsibility to rule creation and subdue it. Skunks won’t go extinct b/c you shot one, I promise. And you won’t be doing anything “unChristian” or “anti-Bible.”

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Clint Parsons

posted November 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Luke got my answer…
Plus, tomato juice does wonders as well (for the smell).

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posted November 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

They won’t go extinct, but they will cause a stink. If you don’t kill the skunk instantly with the shotgun blast, It’s going to spray anything and everything in sight during its last dying gasps. Live trapping skunks is the way to go, with a “blind” trap so they can’t see you coming once they’re trapped. Contact your local animal control; they should be able to help you out.

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posted November 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Why was Luke digging holes in his front yard? Maybe that’s what attracted the skunk . . .

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posted November 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

i’d say trap and then de-scent it…
they can be walked on leashes…

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Dave Leigh

posted November 5, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Move your bird feeder into your neighbors’ yard. 😉

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Paul D.

posted November 6, 2009 at 9:19 am

An old Swedish joke: Put out some leftover lutfisk. Guaranteed to rid the yard of skunks. However, it could create a worse problem — attracting Norwegians.

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Bob Smietana

posted November 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

You could convert to Calvinism and say that God willed for the skunk to dwell in your backyard.

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Dave S

posted November 6, 2009 at 11:25 am

Skunks can’t jump, so if you want to build a simple home made trap, use a large trash can and set it on it’s side on a cinder block or other solid thing that will keep it off the ground six inches or more. As a counter balance use a plank that the skunk can walk up. To bait the trap use tuna or another smelly meat. When the skunk gets to the back of the can where the bait is, it’s weight will tip the can upright. At this point, you can either drown the skunk in the can, containing all the smell and mess (a piece of chicken wire fit into the can down from the top about 3 or 4 inches will keep it below the water level), or you can bring it somewhere and set it loose.

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posted November 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Do what a neighbor of mine did when I lived in the mtns of TN. Walked up behind the skunk and clobbered him with a shovel.
I asked: “Didn’t he stink?”
He said: “Well…yeah…but I kinda like that smell.”
But then…on second thought…maybe not.

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Susan Borges de Oliveira

posted November 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Ok to call the animal controller will take skunks to the wild woods where they live to freedom there for good cuz God made them that way ok.

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