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Old 02-22-2010, 04:41 AM
Location: Canada
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Just posting an update to my skunk problem. The day after the first skunk met his demise, the second skunk did as well and in a similar manner. I hated every miserable minute of it but given that the skunk was in our garage in broad daylight, I didn't see an option since he wouldn't run away.

Yes, the Agricultural something-or-the-other government vet came and got the head of one skunk. They said since all three were exhibiting the same behaviour and because it is expensive to test for rabies, one head was all they needed. They called me back the following day to say the skunk was negative for rabies, and I feel almost as bad that the skunk lost its life for no reason as I would if it had been rabid, although of course, I am relieved at the same time.

Maybe they were starving. I just don't know. There is no garbage in our garage or anything else except the cat litter which they were eating. This second skunk whose head was examined appeared to me to be the skunk ring leader.

Skunk number 3 never showed up again, so hopefully he doesn't have rabies and goes on to have whatever skunks consider a wonderful life.

I am keeping an eye on my livestock/pets anyway, just in case the skunk/s they didn't test were rabid, but it seems to me that if all three were together, if rabies was involved all three would have had it.

I have never seen a skunk except as roadkill, so it was just very unusual (to me) to see them running around in broad daylight in front of the house, making no attempt to hide or run away. I still don't get it. I thought maybe the ring leader skunk was the mother and the other two, although grownup-looking, followed her out of habit and unfortunately she led them straight to people.

I just hate it when animals die on this farm even when it is necessary or appears to be necessary, in erring on the side of caution.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:21 PM
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I see you're in Canada so this won't pertain right now, but skunks can really dig up a yard looking for grubs.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:21 PM
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Skunks can be very bold and active during daylight (as you've found out, netwit).

They can be especially bold at this time of year when food sources are scarce.

Best thing to do is get rid of any food source they could use and make sure your outbuildings are sealed so they can't set up residence.

After that, keep the dogs away from them and always give the skunk an chance and avenue for retreat if you happen to cross paths with them.
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