How to Trap A Skunk

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 17th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Skunks can be a problem if they set up home under your house. They are smelly, can dig up your yard, and can carry rabies. Skunks belong in the wild, learn how to trap a skunk and get rid of it.

Where is the Skunk Living?

If you smell a skunk and know one is hanging around your property chances are it has set up a cozy place to live under your house or under another building on your yard. In my case we had a skunk living in our barn, it had made a tunnel under the floor in our tack room.

Skunks can dig and will dig a hole under a deck or other spot to gain access to a save sheltered area. You need to find out where your skunk is sleeping, noting that they are most active in the early evenings and would be sleeping in the day time.

Walk around and look for tunnels under your house or buildings, and look for skunk droppings around the exit of these tunnels.

Trapping the Skunk

In some areas you can call your city hall, or animal control department, and they will come out to trap the skunk, in my area they rent out skunk traps and require the home owner to bait the trap, set it, and deal with the skunk afterwards.

There are different types of skunk traps, the best are the fully enclosed ones, such as I have pictured above. If the skunk cannot see you it will not spray.

Bait the trap with either canned cat food or sardines. The bait needs to me smelly to attract the skunk. Set the trap out in the early evening, put it near the skunk's den, or where you see the skunk most often. Make sure that your other pets (cats) are indoors or they will go in the trap rather than the skunk.

What to do with a Trapped Skunk

Check the trap every morning, or later in the evenings if you can. If the door is shut you probably trapped the skunk, lift the trap to be sure. Chances are you may smell the skunk too but it wont be as strong as spray. You want to be sure it is the skunk you have trapped and not a cat (yours or a neighbor's).

Of course I do not advocate killing the skunk but in some areas that is what they suggest you do, either by gassing it with your car exhaust, or submerging the cage to drown the skunk. Again this is why you must be sure it is a skunk you have trapped, not a cat, killing a cat could be considered illegal in most areas.

In some places you call your animal control department and they will pick up the skunk while it is in the trap.

I was told we should drive it a few miles away and release it, so that is what my wife did after catching the skunk.

Other Information on Skunks

How to Keep Skunks as Pets

My Wife's Blog About Catching The Skunk

How to get the Skunk Smell off a Dog

Note: All skunk pictures were taken by my wife, B Nelson and copyright owned by her.

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Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar viewgreen
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative article... Thank you for sharing this information.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Informative article Mark!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Interesting information though Asia is not in their habitat - siva

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author avatar tafmona
18th Oct 2014 (#)

nice to read from you, keep sharing friend

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Oct 2014 (#)

Mark, we've had a few skunks on the property over the years. I've never caught one. We also have coyotes and I wonder if they killed the skunks? I haven't seen a skunk in a long time. Great article!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
20th Oct 2014 (#)

Very helpful, I have a friend who needs this information. will pass it on.

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author avatar Carol
24th Oct 2014 (#)

Useful information Mark.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
17th Nov 2014 (#)

We do not have this creature in Bangladesh, but I read about it... and found it interesting....

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Nov 2014 (#)

Mark, ever since the first time I read this article I've been looking for skunks in the yard. I haven't spotted one yet. Yesterday though I saw a group of deer and the funny thing about it was the one deer looked almost black. It was way darker than the other ones. I've never seen one with that color before.

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author avatar Utah Jay
21st Nov 2014 (#)

I admire your kindness Mark, one can see it your words. When I worked on the ranch way back in the 60's we all had 22 caliber rifles and we were to get rid of any animal, or bird, that they considered bad for the ranch. One morning at 4 AM I left the house with rifle in hand when I came upon 5 skunks, just a few yards from the house, feeding on dead sheep we had moved from the coral the day before and I did what I as told to do. I shot the skunks, but the skunks got the last laugh, as the house was almost unlivable for he next few days...And by the way...They changed the rules and fro then on we left our rifles home.

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author avatar Natraj
6th Jan 2015 (#)

Something new for my information.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
27th Jan 2015 (#)

Lol. We had one hibernating in our yard this past summer. Thankfully he has since moved on.

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author avatar ORourkeDesigns
1st Mar 2015 (#)

Great info Mark... I love them and for some reason I can not smell how bad they really are.MY husband thinks it's from when I was little I played with one.

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