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Old 06-22-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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Not sure if this is the right thread...

I seem to have a skunk who has moved into my yard. I have 3 beagles, one has already gotten sprayed. I need to get Mr. Skunk to move on... any ideas?? At this point, I am only letting them out at night one at a time, and I am accompanying them with a large water gun and a flashlight...

I tried to do some internet research and saw suggestions for fox urine (?? where would one get that) or ammonia or moth balls. The moth balls is out, as I have 3 beagles. The ammonia thing concerns me too. I guess I'm hoping there is a magic, non toxic way of getting this guy to move on....

Anyone have any tried methods that worked?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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He's probably coming to eat the bugs and larvae in your yard. I'd suggest spraying the yard for bugs. Once they're gone, he has no reason to come back.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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While not an easy way of dealing with it, trap and relocate is an option. Your area's animal control or perhaps Fish & Game could get you in touch with someone who handles these things. Some pest control companies have been known to relocate skunks.

Fox urine, and other such animal deterrents can be found in feed, farm and garden stores.
Probably even online.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:46 PM
 
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This is better left to professionals I would say. Have animal control relocate the animal.
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Or look up <your state> DNR wildlife rehabilitators.
Be aware that in some states it is illegal to relocate skunks out of the county.

Skunks are great at pest control so as Trapper said it's probably clearing your yard of grubs.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Don't surprise your skunk and don't let your dogs bark at the skunk and you should be fine. Skunks only spray if they feel threatened. They usually tell you that they mean business before they actually spray.

To the OP I found this pdf file on your NJ's laws: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/r...ion_policy.pdf I know that your NJ laws are very restrictive on guns. It also was not clear on who or how you could control animals like skunks.

I like my skunks. We have reached an understanding and I let them do their thing. They are fascinating to just watch.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Kanada (*v*)
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Don't surprise your skunk and don't let your dogs bark at the skunk and you should be fine. Skunks only spray if they feel threatened. They usually tell you that they mean business before they actually spray.

To the OP I found this pdf file on your NJ's laws: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/r...ion_policy.pdf I know that your NJ laws are very restrictive on guns. It also was not clear on who or how you could control animals like skunks.

I like my skunks. We have reached an understanding and I let them do their thing. They are fascinating to just watch.

I have a mother skunk with her 3 kits visiting my garden every day. Sometimes the kids lay in front of my patio door and watch every move I make I posted couple of days ago in the Nature Observation Forum my encounter outside with mother skunk and her 3 kits.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Last year I had a mom and two kits hanging around...they were so cute. Only one close encounter when I heard my dogs barking furiously at the fence and when I went out mama skunk was backing up, tail raised, ready to let loose to protect her babies.

Unfortunately a neighbor's dog got those baby skunks when they went into his yard.

Eliminate food source and let your dogs scare the skunk a time or two and it will move on.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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You can get fox urine from a trapping supply house, like PCS Outdoors or F+T Furharvesters Trading Post. I don't know if it will work. Maybe it will attract some foxes and coyotes .
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:54 PM
 
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Relocation is the best for any wild animal. Rabies is a possibility let a professional handle it like other have said
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