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post #1 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation new barn "pole-cat"

So, as you can guess from the title, yes I have a skunk that has decided it likes my barn.. Not only the barn, but the stall that my horses sleep in. Not quite sure how to handle this without getting sprayed, my horses sprayed or the stall sprayed.

Discovered this situation this morning. Thought it strange that the horses were wet from the rain we got during the evening (usually they'd be in the stall) and that some of the hay wasn't touched (near the opening of the stall). Then I noticed something had dug a bit of a hole in the corner of the stall? Hmmmm......

Wasn't until I was dumping the wheel barrel onto the manure pile that I saw the skunk walking up to the barn and WHAM! all the pieces started to fall into place. All kinds of tracks around the barn and in the paddock!

Any suggestions to eliminate this unwanted "kitty" would be very much appreciated. BTW, has anyone else come across a similar "unpleasant" situation?

Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 11:39 AM
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do you have a .22 gun???? We would get them in my dads barn this time of year and would try to shoot them before it knew we were there. But the little stinky things did let go the smell sometimes. Good Luck

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 11:42 AM
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i always wanted a pet skunk...catch it and send it to me!
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 12:13 PM
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We've always dealt with skunk with a .22..... Like Angel Leaguer said, sometimes they do spray when hit

I'd try to get him outside the barn and the smell will dissipate in a day or so...

Sorry I don't have a better remedy for you.

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post #5 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, that's what I thought. I'll try to "catch" him before he's at the barn to try to avoid stinking up the place.

Wanderlust , you didn't specify what "condition" you'd take him in. Keep checking your mailbox. :)
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 05:30 PM
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Lol. Take a live trap and tie a long rope to it. Put the live trap in the stall with some cat food in it. You will most likely catch the skunk. After you catch it very carefully throw a tarp over the trap and drag the trap and tarp out of the barn by the rope. get him a good distance from the barn and then use the .22. Skunks almost always release their scent when they are shot or shortly after they die. It is best to get them away from your buildings before you shoot them. This is my husband's technique.

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post #7 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 10:23 PM
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If you can pick the skunk up by the tail, it will not be able to
spray you. (True).

with the live catch trap, I would be afraid that it would get excited
being caught in the stall and perfume the whole barn.

skunks are good for carrying rabies also.

good luck, they sell a skunk smell cleaner , just in case.

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post #8 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 10:39 PM
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I have always heard that a cardboard box is good for catching shunks, they won't spray inside the box, becuase they can't stand the smell. But I like the .22 method, myself.

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post #9 of 13 Old 03-09-2009, 09:29 AM
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If you shoot it, it will smell. If you trap it, it will smell. It might be looking for a place to nest. Make sure all food is well sealed and find something smellier to put where she is holeing up... maybe some vinegar? I have used moth balls successfully, but I wouldn't put that in a stall.
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-09-2009, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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No signs of my "kitty" this morning. Stall wasn't disturbed, both horses were in last night when checked and also this morning. Hoping the little darlin has decided not to come back, but I have a very heavy old blanket (to throw over it and hopefully absorb any spray) and am now carrying a .22 with me on my trips to the barn.

Regal Charm, not sure if picking up a skunk by it's tail (supposidly won't spray) is something I want to try , a little too close for me, but thanks for that "suggestion" .

I like the vinegar suggestion northernmama, might try it just as a precaution should "pepe" come back.

Thanks all.
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