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Skunks, Anyone?

14 Oct

While I am on the subject of trapping, I may as well inform you about the skunk job I had recently.  One morning this older gentleman called, and after ensuring I was indeed a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator for the State Department of Environmental Conservation (the capital letters make it seem so much more impressive, don’t you think?), he informed me that he would pay whatever it cost to have me come trap whatever it was which was digging up his front lawn.  He had had enough.  This could not go on.

Well, skunks like to dig for grubs in the lawn this time of year.  Even if you have paid some lawn guy to come spread grub control stuff.  The skunks know if the grubs are there, control stuff or no.

So we went.  K. wanted to go with me.  Really.  She says she likes the smell of skunks.  We set three traps.  The two set on the lawn were placed on plywood so if a skunk was trapped it would not totally ruin the monoculture of green expanse by digging furiously through the bottom holes during the rest of the night to gt out.

The owner wanted to know if I thought the areas covered with little holes could possibly be the work of only one skunk.  I thought if I was a skunk, had all night and was hungry, yes, I could easily dig that much.  But I did not say that.  So we trapped four nights and caught a total of three skunks.

The last skunk was a reverse skunk.  It was white with a black stripe.

And no, we did not get sprayed.  I am a professional, after all.  All three were re-located and released.

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