Do Not Use Skunk Poison: Trap Them
Items used to poison skunks are also harmful to the other wildlife. In most places, it is against the law to attempt to poison wildlife of any kind. In order to remain humane and compliant with federal law, trapping skunks is an alternative to using a skunk repellent or skunk poison.
1. Choose a Live Trap
Choosing the proper live trap is important to remain safe while trapping a skunk. Trap dimensions should measure 11 x 12 x 30 inches, and should have a release mechanism that does not require you to come in direct contact with the trap when opening the door to release the skunk.
2. Bait the Trap
Many options are available when choosing the bait for your skunk trap. Common baits include peanut butter on bread, fresh canned fish, cat food, or crisp bacon. Place bait on a small plate at the back of the trap. Do not use items that would be harmful or considered skunk poison.
3. Place the Trap
Place the trap in an area where you see the skunk regularly, as close to it’s den as possible (if you were able to locate it). Follow the instructions for the live trap you are using to set it up properly.
Releasing a Trapped Skunk
Contacting your local animal control is the safest way to remove a trapped skunk from your property. Animal Control Specialists are trained to remove skunks from traps in order to remain safe and to protect the skunk from being harmed. In addition, professionals will check for any baby skunks left behind in the den, and remove those as well. In some cases of overpopulation, animal control professionals will use a form of skunk poison to euthanize the trapped skunk.
Use a skunk repellent to help prevent skunks from creating a home on your property. A variety of skunk deterrents are available to keep skunks away from your yard. If you’ve tried taking precautions to live without skunks and nothing else has worked, it may be time to trap and relocate them.