How to Humanely Trap and Release a Skunk

| 6/27/2017 12:38:00 AM

Tags: wildlife, skunks, pest control, animal care, Elizabeth Gatto,

Humane Trapping A Skunk 

Skunks are quite intelligent and resourceful creatures that can invade even the most sophisticated home, whether it is your garden, the attic, or under the crawl space of your house. When they come looking for food and shelter, you will need a suitable and humane method for removing them.

To be clear, using poisonous repellants or shooting them is illegal in most states. Live trapping skunks is one of the most effective ways to get rid of skunks from your home or property. It is likely you will hear and smell them if they are staying on your property, so locating them and knowing where to put your trap should be easy.

Here are some important pieces of information that you will need to trap a skunk. If you are uncertain, please hire a skunk trapper to come to your house and collect the skunk and then release it back into the wild.

Steps for Humanely Trapping a Skunk

Get the right trap. Choosing the right trap ensures that you get it right from the very beginning. Not all the traps flooding the market are meant for skunks. To be clear, never use a lethal trap, so make sure you choose carefully. You do not want to trap rats in the place of skunks; neither do you want a trap that won’t catch the skunks when they get around it. Ensure that your pick is ideal for trapping skunks and it’s large enough to contain a skunk comfortably. Ensure that the trap is also strong enough, knowing that skunks are flexible and very strong animals that can easily leap away with a light, feeble trap. With the right trap at hand, you are going to catch a skunk and you won’t have difficulty setting it up.

Get it right on the bait. Skunks are very intelligent creatures capable of evading even the most sophisticated traps if you are not very careful. So why do you need to get it right with baiting? You have to make sure that the skunks are attracted into the trap. Second, you need to ensure that you are not luring other animals into the trap. Skunks are easily attracted to cat food, but this may also mean cats can get trapped. How would you feel if you found the neighbor’s cat in your trap? While wet cat food has been suggested as one of the best baits you could use, just be careful! We recommend marshmallows, because skunks love them as a delicacy but few other animals will be attracted enough to get caught in the trap.

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