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  • Skunks and possum in the barn

 
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    02-25-2011, 10:53 AM
  #11
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I call those types of critters 'varmints'. They usually end up dying fairly quickly if they show up around my barn.

Possums carry EPM; there's no way I want them around the horses. Skunks are primary rabies vectors, so again, don't want 'em around.

I don't think possums are 'cute'. They look like huge, hairy rats to me.
     
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    02-25-2011, 11:04 AM
  #12
Banned
I can't stand them either, they try to get up under the house so we have to resort to killing them if they get near. They are evil little things too, we tried to raise one that fail in our pull, it hissed and hissed at us if we went near. I guess that's just instinct, but it was aggressive.
     
    02-25-2011, 11:36 AM
  #13
Yearling
OK, i'll admit me and my step dad did shoot at it with the .22 but I think we both missed.It was dark outside though. But it was still dead the next morning. Also we keep our horse feed in a garbage can. Those big black ones and one day I guess I left it open and there was three opossum in it. I still can figure out how they got in there. It was in the middle of the room and if they climb in there it was a miracle. They got in but couldn't get out. My step dad killed then with the .22. We though a shot gun wouldn't be need but after my step dad shot them they started moving around until they finally died.I just didn't want to be mean and say I killed it. Cause I was the first to shoot.
     
    02-25-2011, 01:15 PM
  #14
Yearling
The skunk is not a pet.
Although it did get pretty comfortable up on those bales, and let me walk right up to it and fill the cat bowl.

But they are very tame around me, which is good because I do not get sprayed going in and out of the barn to feed.

Unfortunately we have a regular female somewhere around our property.
Every year she has 4-5 babies.
They have found that our barn cats don't mind them, and take advantage by getting fat on cat food.....
They hang around for about a month or so and then disappear.

I have been trying to figure out how to trap them and not my three cats...
But it is the Mom that I need to get, and she is not with them that I have seen.
     
    02-25-2011, 02:43 PM
  #15
Yearling
I have found that the best bait to use with skunks is bacon. I had to stop using that bait because I would just end up catching spotted skunks everytime.

I trap coons and sell the meat so I am not against shooting varmints. LOL
My possum just stays under the shed and honestly if she did go into the horses area- Farah would KILL her instantly. She showed up when she was much smaller therefore she is pretty tame. My feed bins are closed 24/7 and she cannot get into the hay. Trust me at first I had a FIT about her being somewhat close to the horse area. I looked into rabies also and found that it is very rare for them to have rabies because their body temperature is so low.

You gotta admit, my possum has a pretty coat ! LMAO ;)
     
    02-25-2011, 05:04 PM
  #16
Yearling
Lacyloo.
Raw or cooked bacon?
I think the cats would love the bacon too, don't you?
I would definitely use live traps, but even at that, I think I will just end up catching some pretty pissed off kitties, and not the darn skunk!


     
    02-25-2011, 07:40 PM
  #17
Yearling
Raw

Iv caught my own cats before but never the same one twice ;)
     
    02-25-2011, 08:42 PM
  #18
Foal
I don't personally "like" possoms, but I LOVE my little sister. When you raise something you can't help but love it. => She does not live with me btw, she lives at the zoo now, and is NOWHERE near my horse. I just visit her.
     
    02-26-2011, 02:22 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by lacyloo    
I have found that the best bait to use with skunks is bacon. I had to stop using that bait because I would just end up catching spotted skunks everytime.

I trap coons and sell the meat so I am not against shooting varmints. LOL
My possum just stays under the shed and honestly if she did go into the horses area- Farah would KILL her instantly. She showed up when she was much smaller therefore she is pretty tame. My feed bins are closed 24/7 and she cannot get into the hay. Trust me at first I had a FIT about her being somewhat close to the horse area. I looked into rabies also and found that it is very rare for them to have rabies because their body temperature is so low.

You gotta admit, my possum has a pretty coat ! LMAO ;)
Try grape jelly.... My dad used it to catch possums and skunks.... Works! I doubt cats would come to the smell of jelly either
     
    02-26-2011, 02:32 AM
  #20
Yearling
Hey, now there's an idea!
I don't know that my cats would be interested in the jelly or not, but I would think it would be less likely to attract them then bacon any way....
Thanks!

     

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