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post #1 of 24 Old 06-16-2011, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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SKUNK and babies in the barn

This is not my farm, I take care of the old farmers horse in exchange for keeping Elwood there. I have suspected a skunk for a long while, and have been seeing her frequently for a couple of months.

The last few weeks almost every evening, once moving a baby, now she's out and about every evening while I ride. I thought she was mainly staying in the smaller barn up near the house, not in the old cattle barn where the horses are. I told the farmer about it last week and he asked if I would shoot it (I can't shoot).

Day before yesterday his mare had obviously been sprayed, but not Elwood. Last night when I got there Elwood was not in sight, and the mare who usually is first to greet me and check for carrots as standing stock still facing away, not even as much as turning her head toward me as I approached. So I looked where she was looking, and that was not a pile of poop about 30 feet away near the wheelbarrow, but a skunk! Apparently the mare is part Pointer .

I went to get my camera, the mare followed and the skunk was gone when I got back, so I guess she was holding it at bay from a safe distance.

Then I went to get Elwood, and he had been sprayed, did not want to come in the barn. Must have been full on in the face, as once I removed his fly mask most of the smell came off with it, lucky for him. As I left the skunk was hanging out by my truck and the gate. I was looking for her because I have found her there before, so I climbed the fence further down, snuck (sp?) up on my truck and got away clean.

My questions: how do I get skunk smell off the fly mask, and off the horse? What can I do to make this skunk and her family move away or otherwise get rid of her.

On an offshoot, the farmer has a dog that kills cats, therefore there are no cats in the barn but there are a lot of mice. Do skunks hunt/eat mice?

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Ick! Our dog got one last summer and she smelled horrid. She had alternating baths of tomato juice and peroxide. Took a good week to de-stink her. Good thing she prefers being outside, though she was mad she didn't get to sleep in my bed at night for awhile.

I'd learn to shoot or find someone who can. You could set a live trap, but I wouldn't with a skunk as you will more than likely end up sprayed yourself!
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Ann, I had a skunk and I bought this trap:


The trap is manufactured so that the skunk can't get its tail up and spray.

I haven't even used mine, since my skunk either voluntarily located or it died.

You can use them to trap possums, too. I got mine at Northern Tools.

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Thanks, will look for someone to come with a gun.
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SR Thanks, is there a Northern Tools in OHio, I'll check TSC.
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TSC doesn't carry them, they only carry the Hav-A-Hart traps which won't protect you from a skunk spraying.

Northern Tools has an online store, and you can buy from there. They're pretty good about getting things to you in a timely manner.

Their website doesn't indicate any brick and mortar stores in Ohio, though. Sorry.

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We have a donkey and he is very territorial. He loves our horse and is now good with our dog (because he knows him) but he will chase anything else that comes into his territory away. He is good with people but he really protects his territory against strange animals. I suppose it would be impractical for you to get a donkey when you are boarding................we really enjoy our donkey. He is the neighborhood mascot.
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I have been told that putting moth balls in corners and near all entrances to your barn will make them leave. I neighbor had a skunk in her barn, and tried this. I guess it worked.


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I have been told that putting moth balls in corners and near all entrances to your barn will make them leave. I neighbor had a skunk in her barn, and tried this. I guess it worked.

Do you know if this moth ball technique would bother barn cats?
I also have a skunk who comes around every summer, has usually four babies, and then disappears again late in Fall.
Been very lucky so far with not getting sprayed, but I know they carry rabies and all....


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Do you know if this moth ball technique would bother barn cats?
I also have a skunk who comes around every summer, has usually four babies, and then disappears again late in Fall.
Been very lucky so far with not getting sprayed, but I know they carry rabies and all....

I don't think so, as she has two barn cats as well (whom I know stayed around because I feed them for her lol.)

I am not sure why it works and hadn't heard of it before she did it, but it did seem to do the trick.

Last week I had (for the first time ever since living here) a raccoon come into my barn (and kill my rooster), so I have put mothballs out in my barn as well. So far, no signs that the coon has returned...however, I have also started leaving the radio on out there, and walked my male dog all around inside the barn and let him pee on stuff, so I don't know which part actually worked (or if it is all of them lol).


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