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Skunk- Skunks in a window well #2028445
06/15/10 01:59 AM
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I always seem to get a dozen or so of these calls a year and thought it might be fun to post some pictures this time. The juveniles were half grown and there were 6 total skunks. The window well was 4 1/2 feet deep so i jumped in and removed them by hand =) easy money and no spray. Here's the before and after. ENJOY ! =)Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPic


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Trapstar Charlie] #2028481
06/15/10 02:14 AM
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With that happening its easy to see how the cave man could catch game with a hole in the ground!


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Trapstar Charlie] #2028486
06/15/10 02:16 AM
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Thanks for posting. That top picture sure is an eyecatcher!

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Paul Winkelmann] #2028492
06/15/10 02:18 AM
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Paul, most of us just have bad dreams about waking up and seeing the grim reaper. For these skunks it was reality ah haha


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Trapstar Charlie] #2029315
06/15/10 09:27 PM
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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: LT GREY] #2029467
06/15/10 11:27 PM
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Skunks numbers are WAY down this year in my area....Distemper?


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: ForrestŪ] #2029509
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I've been told ( And have no reason to doubt ) that skunks have the worst immune system of all the small mammals. Everything that comes along, they catch. Our skunks population took a 90% hit around fifteen years ago and hasn't come close to bouncing back since. You can also nearly trap them out.

I do believe distemper is the biggest killer but don't rule out West Nile virus, rabies, and any of the tick borne diseases.

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Paul Winkelmann] #2029581
06/16/10 12:37 AM
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Skunks are the only known mammals that can have and carry Rabies and not die from it.


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: BigBob] #2029674
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Coyotes are the biggest killer of skunks anywhere! We had a wave of them the past few years in the south west of wisconsin!


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: MikeFlick] #2030020
06/16/10 07:13 AM
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That's weird. I always heard that skunks have a super immune system. They can contract rabies and resist succumbing to it longer than any animal. My vet friend said once that nothing truly 'carries' rabies because it kills them in the end, and a carrier technically is unaffected by rabies.

Skunks fight it valiantly until the end and resist it for years.

Maybe their habit of denning together in groups for such a long time makes them spread diseases to each other more so than other animals?

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Tsarevna] #2030257
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Great Horned Owls, who have no sense of smell far out number skunk kills in my area...and I would quess many others.

That said, vehicles kill a lot of skunks overall.

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: LT GREY] #2030271
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Tsarevna, I don't know about Oregon but I've caught more sick looking skunks than any other species. They also seem to have more than their share of ticks.

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: Tsarevna] #2030723
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Originally Posted By: Tsarevna


Maybe their habit of denning together in groups for such a long time makes them spread diseases to each other more so than other animals?


Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, etc are all airborn virus' hat can spread thru their habit of clumping together in dens and then sleeping elsewhere the next day, leaving viable virus' in each den.


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Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: BigBob] #2030776
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Parvo can also lie dormant in the soil for years so even after it kills off the animals it survives to kill again. I've seen this learned the hard way when I was fooling with coonhounds. Those that were serious about their hounds and pups would totally segregate their kennels, especially the whelping kennels.

Re: Skunks in a window well [Re: warrior] #2031463
06/17/10 05:52 AM
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Yeah parvo is bad. frown A lot of the coons have it in my area but I've never seen an ill-looking skunk. Maybe they are in store for a disease epidemic but judging by the way they are so plentiful one hasn't happened locally for a while.

Dumbest skunk I ever saw went into a nutria snare and drowned. Maybe some disease was affecting his thinking. grin

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