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Re: Skunk...this could get interesting
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2014, 05:59:34 PM »
My dear 80yr. old Mother has a love for squirrels about as much as Ray has for grits. Well she wages war on those poor critters with one of those havahart traps. Occasionally she gets a skunk in her trap. Her remedy is to cover the trap with an old blanket. Now Moms no fool. She walks with one of those 4 prong canes and knows she ain't as fast as she used to be so she's all prepared in advance. She has a blanket with an old piece of clothes line tied to one corner so she doesn't have to get to close. She'll drag that blanket nice 'n slick over the trap. Then she goes to the barn and gets her little JD mower, rides on over and hooks another piece of clothes line that she leaves tied onto the trap onto the back of the tractor. Not far from the house there's a brook. Yep, Mom takes poor old Fifi La Fume for a ride, trap an all. Before Mom drives over the little bridge she unhooks her rope from the tractor and snaps on to another that reaches across the brook clothesline fashion ( Moms been doing this for awhile). Driving across she picks up the tag end and drags the trap in the water just deep enough...... Well you get the picture.
When I stop by my Moms I'll always look for the trap which sets out in the front yard. If the traps not there I'll ask her if she got another squirrel. Her reply inevitably will be yep he's out back getting swimming lessons. Gotta love her!
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Re: Skunk...this could get interesting
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2014, 06:42:49 PM »
I had a nuisance wildlife business in the past.  Live traps work very well.  Cover with a sheet, blanket, tarp, etc after you catch them, take it slow and quiet.  Skunks can only see about 18", sound and smell are their best senses.  I usually shot mine, or injected acetone into the heart. Drowning is illegal in my state, acetone is too now. If you shoot them, try to NOT shoot in the head, go for a heart shot. Counterintuitive, but a head shot will oft-times result in them spraying from nervous reflex.
Bait- if you use sardines etc. you'll likely catch cats.  Peanut butter on Ritz crackers caught me skunks all the time and no dogs or cats.
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2014, 07:44:40 PM »
Poston:
I hope you don't get bit by a rabid skunk.

Been there, done that :( :(

Way back in the sixties near Burford Ontario, I tried to catch a dozy skunk, thinking that I would take it to a vet and get it descented as a pet for the neighbour's kids.  What a dumb idea!!! Got bit then sprayed.  For some reason, they wouldn't let me into the hospital and treated me outside.  This was on a the Friday afternoon of a long weekend.  On the Saturday, I got a call from the hospital asking if the skunk was rabid, how was I to know?  Was told to shoot it, cut off it's head and send urgently it in to some government department in Ottawa for testing.  Being a holiday weekend, the testing wasn't done until Tuesday morning.  Then it was all panic stations, The OPP Came charging out, sirens blaring, grabbed me, (now not smelly after a bath in all the tomato juice I could find in the area) and took me to the hospital to wait for the anti rabies shots to arrive by plane and police car. I started my -- I think it was a two week course of intraperitineal injections, there are a few funny stories with the injections too.  I developed a few symptoms, like excessive salivation and a distinct aversion to water but I seem to have survived.
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2014, 09:57:16 PM »
Do not shoot a skunk in the head or the heart, it will still pith. Shoot it in the back of the spine, that paralizes it and it can't pith. If you leg trap it, make sure you have tied the trap to about an 8-10' pole, then carefully lift it off the ground. With it's feet off the ground, it can't pith, drown it is the best way or shoot it in the back and then the head. Moth balls will keep them away from your problem, they don't like moth balls, but neither do I. Cat food or the sardine tin barely open is also a good lure. Fox urine will keep them away as will bobcat pee. I had many bouts with skunks and learned from a really good old trapper how to get rid of them and keep them gone.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2014, 10:17:11 PM »
Alcranb,I would like to see your Mother in action. very clever.
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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2014, 07:19:40 PM »
I think Lowe's sells some product that will drive them away. It is near where the mouse traps are.

Alcranb. I can just see your mother on a cain sneaking up to get a blanket over them. Bless her heart.
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2014, 09:38:28 PM »
GOT IT!

Checked this a.m. before leaving for work...no skunk. I travel around Western Montana for my job and there are a lot of dead cell zones.

My wife had the day off.  Eventually (when I got onto a cell reception area) she informed me that there was a "friend waiting for me to be dispatched".

The bugger got a hold of the 40-50 ft rope attached to the trap and had it neatly curled up inside the trap.  This stinker had already let loose--for the very last time.

Alcranb-I was thinking of your mother when the "dispatching" was done. Thank you for sharing that story.  Sounds like an incredible lady!

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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2014, 10:17:17 PM »
Ok it's time for the skunk story.  I promise it's all true!

I had an animal going under my house so I put a leg trap by the hole.  2 days and nothing, then one morning I sit down to do my business in the bathroom and I hear a chain rattle and I think ok here we go.  First off I made the mistake of tying off too much chain and what ever was in the trap had went under the house.  Side note... I live in the country so I had went out wearing a Tshirt, underwear and had put on my black rubber boots..

So like an idiot I untie the chain from the TV pole and pull out whatever was on the trap.  Truth is, I never dreamed it was a skunk since I had never smelled anything.  when I pulled him out I realized my problem, I couldn't let go or he would just go back under so what to do?  I took off running with skunk in tow around the front of the house and down the road and wouldn't ya know it here comes a car.  (picture a guy in his underwear, tshirt, and black boots running down the side of the road pulling a skunk in a leg trap)  I'm suprised he didn't wreck from laughing so hard. 

5 years pass and I'm at an oilfield lease and I'm telling that very story to a pumper and the guy goes pale.  Turns out he lived down the road from me and he was the guy that was driving the car and he'd been telling the same story as me for years, just on the other end of it.  We both laughed till we cried.

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« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2014, 10:20:00 PM »
Way to go Blackfoot   smiley_clapping
Did you try to give him swimming lessons? Lol
Thanks, my Mom is one of a kind. Beat thyroid cancer several years ago, double mastectomy 5 yrs. ago and still keeps on ticking like the Ever Ready Bunny. Today she was out pruning her blueberries, 2 acres worth!
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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2014, 08:41:59 AM »
jargo432,that is funny. But what happened to the skunk?
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« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2014, 08:58:56 AM »
My Dad once whacked a skunk with his walking stick........once.   :o  :D
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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2014, 02:44:24 PM »
My younger brother was once told by his FIL that a skunk cannot spray if you pick it up by the tail, regardless of their size.  ;D

My younger brother quit believing everything his FIL told him!  :-\
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« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2014, 09:24:22 PM »
Jargo, That was too funny! Now I'll tell mine: I was just about to get in the shower one morning when I saw a coyote out the back window. I grabbed the .223 and did the commando crawl out the back door and across the deck and shot him. My neighbor's wife witnessed the whole thing and has told EVERYONE about it.

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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2014, 09:38:35 PM »

Way to go Blackfoot   smiley_clapping
Did you try to give him swimming lessons? Lol
Thanks, my Mom is one of a kind. Beat thyroid cancer several years ago, double mastectomy 5 yrs. ago and still keeps on ticking like the Ever Ready Bunny. Today she was out pruning her blueberries, 2 acres worth!
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No swimming lessons.  .22 to the noggin. She had already sprayed so a swim would have been after the fact.  Besides, anybody could still walk on my pond (ice) and the creek is 1/2 mile away. Plus, the DanG skunk pulled in all 40-50 ft or the rope I had attached to the trap and had it coiled up inside.   It is tripled bagged and going for a final dumpster dive tonight!

Jargo, That was too funny! Now I'll tell mine: I was just about to get in the shower one morning when I saw a coyote out the back window. I grabbed the .223 and did the commando crawl out the back door and across the deck and shot him. My neighbor's wife witnessed the whole thing and has told EVERYONE about it.

How could they NOT tell! That is funny

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2014, 10:16:43 PM »
Mom used to pepper them too but went the swimming route after she started breaking wires with pass through shots.
Btw.... Happy Birthday Blackfoot!
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« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2014, 09:21:47 PM »
jargo432,that is funny. But what happened to the skunk?

I let go of the chain and ran back to the house, got my grandad's side by side, went back out and put him to rest.
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« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2014, 12:14:03 AM »
catch and put a dog shock collar with GPS on it, sit home and track him, when he gets to your favorite neighors porch...BOOM! ha ha
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« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2014, 10:29:57 PM »
 It's true if you pick them up by the tail but you gotta keep their back feet off the ground. I would not do this today because of rabies.
As a police officer we shot 100's of them as well as racoons.foxes etc.
as we had a lot of rabies around here about 15-20 years ago it was so bad we stopped testing you could just tell they were sick.

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« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2014, 07:38:22 AM »
It's true if you pick them up by the tail but you gotta keep their back feet off the ground. I would not do this today because of rabies.
As a police officer we shot 100's of them as well as racoons.foxes etc.
as we had a lot of rabies around here about 15-20 years ago it was so bad we stopped testing you could just tell they were sick.

    Whitepine2

It's true as long as the skunk is dead when you pick it up!  :D
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