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Old 10-05-2013, 02:34 PM
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Ok - I've had a critter come around in the night who stinks. It is not a skunk smell - not at all. Last night it was faint, but discernable. I've had it in the past when it was strong - very strong. It is not a dog smell, it is not a skunk smell. I'm told bears don't generally smell, unless they've been rolling in something (like dogs do) - and the smell is kinda distinctive. It is hard to describe a smell like this - how do you describe the way a skunk smells except to say "it smelled like a skunk!" - but the best word I can think of is rank. Something more like a human with particularly bad b.o., but different - more rank, less sour stench.

It's not possums, I've gotten close to plenty and never noticed a smell. Nor a coon, ditto. Not a skunk, nor a likely bear - and I don't think it is coyote, unless the coyote is finding something particular to roll around in like dogs do. If they are, I sure don't know what it could be. Do fisher cats smell? I think they are of the weasel family - and some weasels stink big time (I remember the mink farm down the road when I was a kid).
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:52 PM
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Unless it's something that is sick or rolled in something dead, then maybe it's a scavenger of some sort. Animals that eat dead things tend to smell pretty bad themselves. I think the worst smelling animal I've been really close to is a bald eagle - diet of mostly fish and dead things. What animals do you have that might fit that description?
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:58 PM
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Could be a politician ?
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:36 PM
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Where do you live? What kind of animals are found around your area?
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:00 PM
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Fox can be pretty rank. There are also all of those Big Foot sighting - they are supposed to be rank.

PS Maybe a whole battalion of stink bugs just moved in?
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:53 PM
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Bears smell terrible, they don't have to roll in something.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:06 AM
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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One other thing that smells pretty rank: With the right moisture and lack of air; pine needles can smell like feces. Do you have any mulch around your house? Could it be that the wind is blowing from the mulch or pine trees towards your house?

If that is the case; you simply have to aerate the mulch/needles. Turning the mulch over with a rake or mulching with a mower could make the smell go away.

If these suggestions are not the case and you find your culprit; let us know.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:34 PM
Location: Orange County, CA
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No idea where the OP lives, but if they happen to reside where this animal is found, the wolverine is often very smelly. One of their nicknames is skunk bear. This big weasel is the largest land member of the mustilid family, only the ocean dwelling sea otter being larger.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:24 AM
Location: NW Nevada
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The smelliest critter I've come up against is a badger. They are some rank sorta animals. The OP didn't say where he is, but badgers are pretty common in tbe lower 48. They do stink to high Heaven, and mark things with scent glands. It's a possibility I suppose.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:40 PM
Location: Lafayette, LA
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