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#6037635 - 10/27/17 02:33 PM Do they share?
Getting There Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 540
Loc: West Michigan
Had a call for a skunk under a 10 by 12 building. Set two traps. This morning I had two opossum. My question is will skunks and opossum share the same den?
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#6037638 - 10/27/17 02:37 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
strike2x Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 1431
Loc: Houghton Lake, MI
They must or someone doesn't know thier oppossum from a whole in the ground. Lol
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#6037643 - 10/27/17 02:42 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
WPS Offline
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 30
Loc: Reed City, Michigan
yes they do... I have a setup right now with a one way nose cone covering the opening and have taken 2 opossums and 1 skunk in three days.
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#6037653 - 10/27/17 02:52 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
QuietButDeadly Offline
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Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 1477
Loc: NC, Orange Co.
Yep, I have caught a gray fox, skunk, possum and groundhog in a foothold at the same hole.
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#6037679 - 10/27/17 03:33 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 13472
Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
Skunks are noted for being wanderers and not sleeping in the same place 2 times in a row, and Grinner's are not noted for being over smart. LOL
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#6038116 - 10/28/17 05:07 AM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
sgs Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 761
Loc: NH
At this time of year, skunk dens are communal. They will generally put up with whatever will put up with them. Possums are probably the most common but I've also caught raccoon from a skunk den.

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#6038390 - 10/28/17 02:01 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
TDHP Offline
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Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 958
Loc: Massachusetts
These two were taken from under the same structure. If you approached these two cages with your eyes closed you couldn't tell the difference in smell.

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#6038965 - 10/29/17 07:02 AM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
EatenByLimestone Offline
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Registered: 10/01/11
Posts: 68
Loc: Schenectady, NY
I've caught lots of opossum that smelled like skunk. I used to think they didn't care if they were sprayed. Then 1 of each was caught on opposite sides of a hobby farm. We placed the traps beside each other while we rearranged the truck. The skunk let loose on the possum, and the possum tried to climb through the cage to get away.

I don't think skunks like to share the den, but possums aren't smart enough to avoid trying.


I've had porkies, possums, raccoons and skunks come out of a single hole. My guess is they were investigating a possible home site. I switched from a double door comstock to a single door and no more catches.

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#6039110 - 10/29/17 10:15 AM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
Getting There Offline
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 540
Loc: West Michigan
EatenByLimestone
Odd I catch most of my possums in a single door trap. It must be a Mi. thing. laugh
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#6050281 - 11/09/17 08:32 PM Re: Do they share? [Re: Getting There]
Dave Schmidt Offline
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Registered: 04/02/10
Posts: 26
Loc: St. Louis area
Skunks will enter any burrow they darn well please. Who's gonna stop them?
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