thanks for replying :-)
its illegal to kill them here as they are 'fur bearers' so folks are told to relocate them.
One of my friends caught 7 raccoons one year and each time her husband dutifully took it a few kilometers away and released it.
- I suggested it was probably the same one, it had a hearty treat of peanut butter sandwiches and then a car ride to the woods and a walk home. lol
I'm not saying what I'm going to do with any that we trap .....but it will not become someone elses problem ;-)
We call it the three S's. Shoot. Shovel. Shut up. Relocation needs to be at least across two rivers or they will beat you back home. That is what my buddies that work for TN wildlife or tht coon hunt have told me. Trapping would help, but within short time others move into now empty territory. I have never actually caught a skunk, but have had many very close encounters with them. Never been sprayed as they themselves don't care for smell either so it is a last resort of defense. I have been advised to have a heavy blanket that I can gently and respectfully place over trapped skunk and then move to where I want to release. Apparently they don't want to spray in close quarters where back spray would get on them. It goes without saying I would want to be able to work release mechanism efficiently by practice beforehand. Rabies is always a concern with skunk or racoons. Skunks can live over 18 months with their particular rabies virus. A box of disposable nitrile gloves, bleach water for cleanup is a good idea. Be aware of safety concerns of splatter and ricochet, too. Good luck. I sure feel your frustration and pain. Donna in Dandridge, Tennessee