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Hungry skunk

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Does anyone have Any ideas on catching a problem skunk,,who has taken a liking to our guinea keets,,best baits for live trap ???
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Whatever you do, DON'T HURT THOSE LITTLE CUTIES.  They have their purpose in nature.  Cat food or dog food will attract them to your live trap.   Once they are trapped, cover the trap with a tarp or towels so they don;t see you.  They will not spray if they don't have a clear target.    Handle trap slowly as to not frighten them.  That can cause slight leakage.  They do not like to get their perfume on themselves.  Release them so they don't find your home.

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I would be careful releasing somewhere else. They usually die and it is often slow and painful. Why are you capturing the skunk? Has it attacked your chickens? Have you taken preventative measures on your coop to keep it safe from skunks in the future? If you do need to trap dog/cat food is good. You can sometimes take skunks to wildlife rescues that take them in. If you are set on dispatching, a lung/heart shot will usually keep them from spraying, but hopefully it won't come to that. First prevent, then take more desperate measures. It is your choice of course, but relocation can be dangerous and cause suffering for the animal. Good luck and keep us posted! Also, do not drown the skunk, it is not a pleasant way to die.
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I have found that skunks like chicken! wink.png

Throw in a piece of mostly eaten chicken (leave a little bit of meat or skin on the bone!) they also like hot dogs!

If you have a double door trap like this:


Leave one door closed and locked ... Put the bait at the far other end from the open door, this will cause them to step as far in as possible, so the door won't be held open by their back side, and they back out after getting the bait!

I prefer bigger traps than the medium sized one above, but I use what I got, and actually use both sometimes ... The medium is good for young ones!



Since the OP is in Maine ...

From - http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/human/lww_information/raccoons.html
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Trapping also may not be legal in some urban areas; check with local authorities. Transporting animals without the proper permit is also unlawful in most cases.

Trapping - http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/trapping/trapping_dates.htm
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What do I do when I catch an animal in one of my traps?
Any animal you find in one of your traps must be removed. If the animal is alive, it may either be released or humanely dispatched. You are not allowed to keep a trapped animal alive unless you also have a license to possess captive wildlife. (Contact the Department for more information about captive wildlife.) See the Trapper Information handbook for information on what to do and who to contact if you catch a lynx or bald eagle.
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Thank you for the helpful info,chicken for dinner. 😀
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If an over population of skunks in the area, once in a while there's a glut of them, I take head shots with a .22 magnum air rifle. One well placed pellet and they drop in place without time or function to spray.

 

One or two skunks in the area don't bother me in the least as they can't get past the electric poultry netting. But when they are practically under foot when going outside for a smoke at night it's time for population control.

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