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  • Writer's picturePeter Weel

DIY removing a skunk from my yard

Skunks can be a nuisance when they take up residence in your yard. If you have a skunk living on your property and want to remove it, there are a few steps you can take to do so safely and humanely. Determine if the skunk is a mother: Female skunks are protective of their young, so it's important to determine if the animal you're dealing with is a mother before attempting to remove it. If you suspect there may be babies nearby, wait until they are old enough to leave the den (about 8 weeks) before attempting to remove the skunk. Remove food sources: Skunks are attracted to food sources, such as garbage, pet food, and birdseed. To prevent skunks from returning, remove any potential food sources from your yard. Use humane traps: Purchase or rent a humane trap DESIGNED FOR SKUNKS from a local hardware store or animal control agency. baiting the trap with a small amount of fish or cat food can attract the skunk. Release the skunk: Once the skunk is trapped, release it far away from your property. Skunks are territorial animals and will not travel far from their home. Block entry points: To prevent skunks from returning, block any entry points into your home, such as holes under decks or sheds. It's important to remember that skunks are wild animals and can carry diseases, so it's important to take necessary precautions when handling them. If you're not comfortable handling the skunk yourself, or if you suspect that the skunk may be diseased, it's best to contact a wildlife professional for help.

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