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    Skunks in the basement where my shop is located

    The other night I was surprised by facing off with two skunks in the basement, marching confidently toward me just outside my shop area. Looked like a mother and a kit.

    Basement is quite full with stuff, so locating them was pretty pointless, plus not having nets of any sorts, would not have been a good idea, so I decided to wait till next night to see if I could get them out by leaving the shop door open - I could see them scraping off insulation foam around the door trying to get out.

    I started with trying to locate a place where they entered the basement. The only possible point of entry was a window in the basement with a pit outside (basement is below ground). Upon inspecting the pit I found those two little critters, without food and water possibly for days. Went home, mixed some dog food, berries, carrots, beef, got some water and lowered down in trays while there was still was light outside. Just a short while ago inspected the pit (from above) and saw water tray empty and food gone. Good timing.

    Calling tomorrow skunk removal specialists in the area.


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    Senior Member Crothcipt's Avatar
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    That sounds like the best possible turnout.
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    You fed the skunks? Man, I'm starting to like you more and more!
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    I saw scraped off foam near the door for several days now, so I knew that there was an animal in the basement, but I thought it was a raccoon. Skunks don't have a mobility of racoons, and seem to be unable to get out of the pit, even though I put a board down, so they could get out, though the incline is quite steep.

    They are living creatures and get as hungry and thirsty as we do. Plus I like animals of all sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    You fed the skunks? Man, I'm starting to like you more and more!
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    Marko...what a guy. I thought I had problems. Good luck with your evacuation of big and little skunks. ;-)

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    Good for you Marko, you get a lot of points for what you did. I'm always catching animals at the house. I have three different sized HavaHeart traps and I've caught chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, wood chucks and an occasional skunk or two. I always drive the a couple of miles away to an open field with a stream and let them go.
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    I take spider outside,,,,even the ones which look really evil...but likely aren't ;-)

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    Just freed a young raccoon from my chicken coop a few nights ago. My daughters had the door open and we closed up at dusk. inadvertently locking it inside. Heard a little too much noise from the coop. Considering the damage others have done years ago, it was a tough choice to help it escape. The girls don't seem to be laying like they usually do. Hope it's just heat

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    It's not something I preach, especially around these parts, but I'm a big believer in "Ethically Treated" animals for food. I haven't eaten veal in 23 years, and am not a fan of the pork industry, because of a shakey history. This isn't necessarily the place, but again, I'll say, "You've won me over, Tsourkan". Haha
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