Published On: 2024-02-27

Coexisting with Smelly Neighbours: Humane Skunk Control

Whose black and white cat is that? …..What’s that smell!? OH NO!

While their presence might alarm some, it’s important to remember skunks want the same things all mammals want, to be warm, safe, and full! Fortunately, there are several humane ways to peacefully coexist with these interesting and stinky creatures.

Prevention is Key:

The best form of control is prevention. By removing attractants, you discourage skunks from taking up residence near your home. Here are some tips:

  • Secure your garbage:¬†Use sturdy containers with tight-fitting lids, and store them in a garage or shed if possible.
  • Eliminate food sources:¬†Don’t leave pet food outdoors, and clean up any spilled birdseed or fallen fruit.
  • Seal entry points: Check your foundation, front steps, and sheds for openings and seal them with appropriate materials.
  • Minimize clutter:¬†Remove piles of debris, brush, and firewood, as these can provide hiding spots.

Humane Skunk Removal:

If you suspect a skunk has already moved in, there are humane solutions available! Avoid attempting DIY removal, as this can be dangerous for both you and the animal. Instead, contact a wildlife professional. They can:

  • Assess the situation:¬†Identify entry points, potential nesting sites, and the number of skunks involved.
  • Employ humane methods:¬†Utilize one-way exclusion doors or live traps to safely remove the skunks. These methods prioritize the animal’s well-being and avoid causing them harm.

Is Relocating a Skunk Humane?:

Trapping and relocating a skunk is not ideal. Skunks in the city grew up in the city. They learned how to forage for trash and other food sources one might find in a city. If they are moved out into a farmer’s field (where most companies dump them), they are unlikely to survive. The survival rate goes down even further in the winter. They don’t know where to find food, water, or shelter, and can be harassed by other skunks or wildlife in the area.¬†In some rare circumstances, trapping and relocating is the only solution, but there are usually better options.

Living with Skunks:

Skunks are beneficial pest controllers, helping to control grubs, mice, and voles. They probably went under your front step searching for voles in the first place! They are typically shy and avoid conflict with humans unless threatened. By following these steps and remaining calm around them, you can often share your space without ever even smelling them. Coexisting with wildlife starts with understanding their needs and using solutions that respect them.

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