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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-05-2020, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Default My new pet.

The good news is that the armadillo moved out but this guy has moved in but has been quite friendly and tolerant.
For better or worse we are becoming more comfrotable with each other. The good news is that the cat is scared of it and with my prompting Marley is ignoring it and keeping his distance. Will continue to see how co-exsistance goes.
For being such a pacifist normally, Ruth wants me to shoot it but I don't have the motivation for that at this time. Becoming much more tolerent of creatures as I age. At least I have not named it yet.

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I havent seen one in years ,We have the spotted variety . They may be extinct here in Alabama at least in my neck of the woods . . Amazing he is out & about in the daytime .

Mice die in traps because they dont understand why the cheese is free .

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If you decide to name it may I suggest

Peppy LaPew.

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When de-scented skunks actually make pretty good house pets.
When kept wormed, and fed well they get bigger than in the wild.

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Nice pictures of it. They LOOK harmless enough - until Marley gets too close to the south end of it!

Is it digging up your yard? Every once in a while we'll have one around here (for a while). Can always tell one is around before I see it because they'll come out at night and dig up little round holes in the yard looking for grubs.

Still keeping safe out there in the flatlands?
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How do you get close enough to a skunk to capture it and take it to a vet for the de-smello job? I figger as soon as the little guy feels uncomfortable with a massive human being too close, he drops the bomb. Then the playground is no more fun...
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Actually I've caught'em in cat traps and took'em to the country with no problem.
How?
Move to the end of trap that he can't see, and carefully slip the trap into a trash bag.
Slowly, and quietly, and the skunk feels safe in the dark.
When your ready to release him, open the trap door and step back.
He'll leave on his own.

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The armadillo really, really dug up my yard so haven't really noticed the skunk diggings. Yes Spruce, staying safe so far. Glad to be living in the country during these times however.
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Rabies and tick vector.

I appreciate and enjoy watching wild critters, but one must stay alert to disease issues when they set up housekeeping to close to us. Tolerance depends on local wildlife disease trends. Watch out for behavior atypical for the species in question. Skunks and raccoons out and about in broad daylight would worry me. Woodchucks that stand their ground when approached by a dog on leash don't last long either.

We had rabies in the raccoon population a while back, believed to result from infected hitchhikers from down south riding commercial trucks up to Michigan. Backyard visitors got short shrift.
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When de-scented skunks actually make pretty good house pets.
When kept wormed, and fed well they get bigger than in the wild.
I learned while working at a vet many years ago was that if you vaccinate skunks for rabies, they get it. But I did hear they are great pets and can even be litter box trained.

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