Sunday, May 17, 2009

Skunk problems

I am having a lot of trouble with a family
of skunks as of late.
I went to feed the cats
and in the garbage barrel where I keep the food was a skunk.

Lucky for me I didn't reach in and scoop some food up.

Well anyway the skunk ruined that bag of food and the barrel


Then I fed the Dog in his pen last night and when I walked

outside this morning all I could smell was skunk.

My pooch came up to greet me and I vacated the premises

real fast.

Had to give him a bath and then used perfume to combat the


I have tried tomato juice and never worked for me,so I

use perfume.

The only way I have found to irradicate the skunks is by use

of a

have-a-hart trap.Then you cover the trap with a blanket to

keep skunk from

spraying you.Haul the creature off to the woods and let them


You can also shoot them but they will spray all over the place

and then you have to dispose of a stinky animal,which is not


So the best way to keep skunks away is don't leave dog and

cat food where they can get

to it.

Below I have compiled some characteristics of the skunk.

Physical Description

Striped skunks are easily recognized by their characteristic

colors and pattern. The fur is black with a white stripe that

begins as a

triangular shape on the top of the head, forks into two stripes

that travel down the sides of the back, and usually merges

again near the base of the tail. Another white stripe runs

from the base of the snout between the eyes and ends on

the forehead. Stripe width and length vary with each

individual. Stripes sometimes occur on the tail, but more often

the tail is composed of both black and white hairs intermixed.

Mephitis mephitis is about the size of a domestic cat, with a

small head, small ears, short legs, and a long, fluffy tail.

Feet are plantigrade with five partially webbed toes.

Claws are longer on the front feet to aid in digging.

The skull is distinct from other carnivores in having only one

molar on each side of the upper jaw and two on each side of

the lower jaw. The upper molars have a characteristic square


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