I hate to resort to killing
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:45 PM
But now after the 3rd time having to bathe my dog at 2am, and my kid getting chased into the garage the other night, its time to end them.
My question is this: how long will the skunk's smell be present after shooting him? I have to keep my dog away from them afterwards as he loves to roll in dead animals, so moving them asap is what I need to do. What time frame are we talking about?
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:53 PM
"If you really want to evict the skunk, first make sure that is not winter or that they have litter. For evicting them, first take measures to discourage them from sticking around. These include removing garbage and pet food left out at night and eliminating convenient denning sites such as wood and rock piles, elevated sheds, openings under concrete slabs and porches and access to crawl spaces under houses. You may however want an alternative den somewhere not too far so the skunk moves initially there.
Then try repacking the hole the skunk is using with leaves or other material to see if it will get the message and move elsewhere. Do not fill up the hole with heavy things or materials and don't poke inside the den or use aggression, otherwise, beside leaving the skunk to starve, you will also get the so feared sprayed odor impregnated in your place for ages.
If the previous measures fail, place ammonia-soaked rags near or inside the burrow to one side so that the skunk has to pass them to get in and out. Make sure the skunk is not close by before taking either of these measures.
Never close a den the first day you think it is empty, rather cover with leaves to check if the skunk is still using it, otherwise you may trap it inside and the feared odor will stay as a reminder for weeks.
Some people use mothballs spreading some of these in the area. Mothballs work but there is a risk for pets and children.
If and only if all measures fail, place a one-way door at the place where the skunk leaves his den, he will come out but not be able to come in. This is however a last resource as may backfire to a trapped skunk (odor defense!) or other undesired outcomes.
The local humane society, will provide wire "spring traps" for free or a nominal rental fee. It is a small cage, with a spring loaded door. You place food at one end, the skunk walks inside the trap, and the door springs shut. Now you can call the humane society to pick it up or released it in the wild.
In the case of wild animals, it is always best to allow them to get away on their own, they know best where to go and how to survive. Sometimes to trap them, even if releasing them later, will only put their lives at risk in many ways."
I don't know the answer to your questions, but I wish you luck.
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:54 PM
If you shoot it, I think if you shoot it in the head it won't have a chance to squirt, though it might just release by default like dead people poo. If you don't get it in the right spot it'll definitely empty it's stink sacks, like all the way, not any half ass spray like what your dog gets. The smell will linger for a day or three depending on weather and perhaps sun.
Skunks sure are cute lil fellers.
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:56 PM
Posted 08 November 2009 - 07:00 PM
one of those fuggers gassed my back porch about a week back
and we smelled it days later.
look at killing as speeding up time,
he'll die anyway so might as well be today.
Posted 08 November 2009 - 07:52 PM
Eviction them would be a nice way to go but done know how to do it.... Poisons might also be a good alternative but couldn't recommend one.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 05:47 PM
Ive caught two of them in the live trap in the past couple weeks, and the whole act like ur not gonna hurt them thing doesnt work atleast not for me.
If you shoot them in the head they might not spray. So far its been 50 percent but i used a pellet gun. a 12gauge would prolly get the job done before they know whats up.
If you see them during the day and they look fucked up, dirty, stumbling, aggressive then it might be rabbid. if so take care of that asap.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:09 PM
Otherwise, use discretion to dispose of/relocate however you want.
My dad had some skunks under the raised deck in his shop. He drilled holes in the floor and funneled ammonia directly into the space. They got the message.
Posted 04 December 2009 - 10:47 AM
I havent seen any of the family since then, so maybe the survivors took off for higher ground or got killed.
Posted 04 December 2009 - 06:36 PM
after examination i learned it was not rabid-
just starving and dehydrated
from an old fishing lure stuck in its' mouth.
Posted 04 December 2009 - 10:22 PM
Stunk the barn (it's favorite stomping grounds) up for at least a week.
Hopefully they've relocated :rasta:
Posted 04 December 2009 - 11:52 PM
Posted 05 December 2009 - 02:40 AM
All the other animals are welcome here, but no pack rat will ever live on my property again.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:14 PM
Have to ask what the dogs are doing outside unattended at night, thats just asking for problems, Skunks are one of the least offensive creatures on the planet if you leave them in peace they will leave you alone. Just move slowly when you see them and have the kids do the same, I have accidentally cornered them on occasion and had them run away straight over my feet and have yet to get sprayed.
I let my single dog outside anytime he wants to go whether it be in the morning or midnight. This prevents me from finding carefully hidden piles of dogshit in my home. He pisses in my walk in shower so thats not as crucial to me. But you understand the concept I hope.
Upon opening my front door my dog was sprayed before he got down the steps to the sidewalk. You may call it unattended but here where i have 2acres and my dog is trained to use them I call it the only way to do it. If you think I let my dog run free youre wrong.
My dog is now so leary of skunks the neighbors black and white cat has been getting closer and closer on its recon missions silently taunting my dog. My dog starts toward the cat and realizes hey that looks like that jerkoff that sprayed me and stops.
The problem was solved by that cat btw. Kitty ran off the shunks apparantly.