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Trap shy #6854473
04/25/20 11:58 AM
04/25/20 11:58 AM
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West Michigan
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Skunk, I have a skunk that has been in a trap before. I have tried almost every food, every style of live trap. The skunk had dug under a small building. Set a trap right over the hole, the skunk was not under the building when I set the trap would not go back under the building. Have several picture on my game cameras. I can uses any type of foot hole or body grip. I have used live traps with pans, and wire triggers. Covered the floor of the trap with sand. I am thinking of covering the trap with a tote with a hole cut just a little smaller that the live trap door opening.
Any ideas?


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Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6854544
04/25/20 02:20 PM
04/25/20 02:20 PM
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Northern Illinois
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Gun?

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6854551
04/25/20 02:31 PM
04/25/20 02:31 PM
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E. Iowa
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I change trap style, most problem critters are shy of wire traps, I like plasticatch traps as my alternative for "cautious" critters, also use alternative baits.


Tom Walters
Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6854678
04/25/20 05:41 PM
04/25/20 05:41 PM
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Tom:
I may try covering the trap. I have tried every bait I can think of, eggs, jack mackerel, dog food, spam, pizza, sardines, bacon, smokes oysters. The only thing I have not tried is a banana.


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Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6854711
04/25/20 06:06 PM
04/25/20 06:06 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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So the skunk is no longer under the building? Sounds like the problem is solved. Seal the area so he can't get back in.

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6854988
04/25/20 09:19 PM
04/25/20 09:19 PM
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Central NC
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Bucket with pan trigger


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Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6855062
04/25/20 10:10 PM
04/25/20 10:10 PM
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MN, USA
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Camo the trap, small square bales. What I use as my million dollar lure is what every skunk responds to, and that is skunk essence. Eggs provide a visual and that is a delicacy this time of year as they begin raiding nests.

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6855214
04/26/20 01:45 AM
04/26/20 01:45 AM
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As said above: “So the skunk is no longer under the building? Sounds like the problem is solved. Seal the area so he can't get back in.”

When you catch a skunk outside, how will you know it is “the offender”?

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6855360
04/26/20 09:02 AM
04/26/20 09:02 AM
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New York
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New York
Had one memorable smart guy a few years back. Would not go into a positive set cage. Set the trap, he dug another hole. Moved the trap. Dug another hole. Put lots of bait in a large trap, no luck. A cameod 160 did him. Animals surely get scary smart.

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6861891
05/03/20 08:20 AM
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Jim, Oh it is fun to match wits with any critter. Keeps me thinking. Tut


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Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6862310
05/03/20 05:30 PM
05/03/20 05:30 PM
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Schenectady, NY
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They'll make you up your game! That's for sure! We had 1 that wouldnt go through a positive set, didnt want bait, we ended up replicating the smells of the guy's grill!

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6870782
05/12/20 09:26 PM
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try moving the trap away from the den site to the area the skunk in leaving the area. I have had female skunks with young that refuse to go in a trap at the den. but I move the trap 30 to 50 feet away and use as big of the cage I can and have them the first night. the key is knowing where she goes when she leaves the den. I am writing a piece on dens and cages right now. stating that the safety factor at the den entrance may and can have an effect on the skunk's comfort and willingness to enter a trap yet go into the cage away from the den. I was to do a cage trapping demo at the PA trapping convention this June and was going to cover a lot of this, now that is is canceled I will be doing it 2021 so I can let a little out now LOL

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Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6873919
05/16/20 10:16 AM
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Mass.
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Mass.
Exclude the area then a one-way door. As said above " not under there then problem solved"
We are about solving conflicts...not necessarily trapping. We are not trappers, trapping is a tool we use.

Re: Trap shy [Re: Getting There] #6874118
05/16/20 04:14 PM
05/16/20 04:14 PM
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SW Pa
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I had made some homemade excluders with a very light weight and a very tapered door years back for such occurrences. Now that I have them they come in handy, no brainer. You have to know what you are dealing with as to time of year. Litter, no litter, single animal etc. How big are the young if it is a litter. That can be a very important factor as to whether they will run thru the door or not..

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