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Old 07-28-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I don't know if this resolves the scent issues for the OP but I think I have finally figured out the horrible scent I've been experiencing.

I started to wonder if it WAS around or in the home based on some of these posts...until one day I was driving to work and just before my exit, on the freeway, I smelled it again, coming from the wooded areas.

Ok, it's NOT my house or something in my house. So what IS it?

Today, driving home from work, got off the freeway, on to a regular road and passed by a dead animal on the side of the road. The moment I passed that animal, that smell slammed in to my sensors; it was overwhelming...but it was "the smell". As I got further and further away, the smell did, as well.

And now it makes sense because I have seen several of these animals near where I live, heck one was even killed by a car on my street no more than a block away, about two weeks ago. It makes sense that they would come in to the yard and around the house considering we do have some wooded area right behind us and that is why, some nights, I smell that animal.

It's a porcupine.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Muskrat?
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:32 PM
 
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I don't know if this resolves the scent issues for the OP but I think I have finally figured out the horrible scent I've been experiencing.

I started to wonder if it WAS around or in the home based on some of these posts...until one day I was driving to work and just before my exit, on the freeway, I smelled it again, coming from the wooded areas.

Ok, it's NOT my house or something in my house. So what IS it?

Today, driving home from work, got off the freeway, on to a regular road and passed by a dead animal on the side of the road. The moment I passed that animal, that smell slammed in to my sensors; it was overwhelming...but it was "the smell". As I got further and further away, the smell did, as well.

And now it makes sense because I have seen several of these animals near where I live, heck one was even killed by a car on my street no more than a block away, about two weeks ago. It makes sense that they would come in to the yard and around the house considering we do have some wooded area right behind us and that is why, some nights, I smell that animal.

It's a porcupine.
they arent too quick, so they get thumped a lot
thats the one good thing about crows, they are roadkill warriors
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I don't know if this resolves the scent issues for the OP but I think I have finally figured out the horrible scent I've been experiencing.

I started to wonder if it WAS around or in the home based on some of these posts...until one day I was driving to work and just before my exit, on the freeway, I smelled it again, coming from the wooded areas.

Ok, it's NOT my house or something in my house. So what IS it?

Today, driving home from work, got off the freeway, on to a regular road and passed by a dead animal on the side of the road. The moment I passed that animal, that smell slammed in to my sensors; it was overwhelming...but it was "the smell". As I got further and further away, the smell did, as well.

And now it makes sense because I have seen several of these animals near where I live, heck one was even killed by a car on my street no more than a block away, about two weeks ago. It makes sense that they would come in to the yard and around the house considering we do have some wooded area right behind us and that is why, some nights, I smell that animal.

It's a porcupine.
I can't say as I've ever noticed any particularly bad smell associated with live or recently killed porcupines. Ones that have been laying there a while stink, but what doesn't? (For a *really* bad smell, try getting within 100 yds of a moose that's been laying in the July sun for a few days)
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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I can't say as I've ever noticed any particularly bad smell associated with live or recently killed porcupines. Ones that have been laying there a while stink, but what doesn't? (For a *really* bad smell, try getting within 100 yds of a moose that's been laying in the July sun for a few days)
I remember reading in the Bangor Daily News a few years ago, about a woman whose house was near a stream or river.

And a dead bloated moose had floated down the river and got hung up on some rocks or trees along her shoreline, and how it stunk to high heaven.

She was too old to move the moose herself, and it was quite the nightmare for her.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:11 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine, FL
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LOLOLOL Too old to lift a moose by herself? I doubt there are very many young men who could lift a moose singlehandedly!
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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LOLOLOL Too old to lift a moose by herself? I doubt there are very many young men who could lift a moose singlehandedly!
When it's rotting and falling apart, the pieces aren't so heavy.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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UPDATE>>>>> smell is long gone, still no idea what the heck it was.......
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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Probably a nest of mice. One mouse can stink up a village.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth
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Possibly a raccoon. Always suspect raccoons you see during the day of having rabies, so keep everyone and your pets away from them.

You may or may not hear bats in your attic. Lots of people don't know they have bats until they want to sell their house and the home inspector finds them. Very expensive at that point. Just go up into your attic and take a smell, you know pretty fast.


It is good to suspect a daytime raccoon of rabies; however, it is not unusal to see raccoons during the day. They are not predominatly nocturnal mammals. Also, raccoons do not give off foul smells unless they have been sprayed or crawled through something stinky.
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