I have 2 days to finish my coop and portable run. DS and I had planned to finish up the run last night but had an unscheduled visitor. DS was stapling hardware cloth to the frame (we'll reinforce with nails) and I was sitting on the gravel cutting the other end. I heard some rustling next to the barn and thought it was our cat. Looked up and noticed that gee, our black cat now has a fluffy tail with a white stripe! (it was less than 10 feet from me!) Thankfully, my son took me at my word when I yelled "Run Son, Run!" He was in the house before I was even off my backside. Thankfully the skunk didn't get scared, but he did go into the barn so we felt it was a good idea to stop working for the night. DS wanted to run and get the rifle and shoot it. I didn't think that was such a good idea as I didn't want my barn smelling like skunk! This leads to my question...How do you get rid of a skunk? We've tried catching him in a live trap, but we've just gotten several coons and a couple possums. (and our barn cat twice. Seems she likes the tuna as well) If you shoot them, do they automatically spray?