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One of the most impressive areas of a skunk's
biology is that the species has a very adaptable
digestive system which has helped the skunk to
survive and to thrive in a variety of different
habitats. This also has an impact on the type of
bait that you can use, with every household having
some kind of food that can prove to be an
effective bait when you are trying to catch a
skunk. One of the most important things to
remember is that although a good bait can seal the
deal when it comes to catching a skunk, there are
other factors that can be even more important in
how successful your trap will be.
The Role Of Bait In Skunk Trapping
The most important thing to remember when you are
planning to trap a skunk is that you can have the
best bait in the world, but if you don't place it
in a trap in the right location, then the skunk
won't even smell your fantastic bait. Make sure
that you look at where the skunk is most active,
and try to place the trap in a location where the
skunk cannot miss it, yet without making it so
obtrusive that the skunk becomes suspicious about
the trap. The scent from the bait is really what
draws the skunk in, but it is placement that is
vital to successful trapping.
Meat And Fish As Bait
There are several different types of meat and fish
based bait that can be used when you are trapping
a skunk, and one of the best aspects is that offal
will work even more effectively than expensive
meat. Chicken entrails are a particularly
successful option, while the scent of crisp bacon
will also draw skunks to the trap. Smelly fish is
another good option for drawing in the animal,
while cat food has also proved to be very
Other Foods That Work Well As Bait
If you are looking through your kitchen cupboard
and not finding anything that really ticks the box
as a potential bait, you can also look in another
area of your cupboard, where the sandwich spread
and the sweet treats are kept. Peanut butter
spread on a piece of bread is likely to draw the
skunk's attention, while even several marshmallow
chunks placed in the trap can also serve as an
effective bait to catch a skunk.
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dug holes all over, grass and garden. Please help.
Hi, I recently found your website through a
search for removing skunk smell from one of our
dogs. I have used the mixture 3 times and he still
smells as does the bathroom where he got his
shower/baths. We tried to clean the bathroom with
bleach water and it still smells too. My husband
said foxes also smell bad. We saw a red fox a
couple days before the dog had this skirmish. We
aren't sure what he tangled with as it was totally
dark out. I've smelled skunk road kill and this
didn't really smell like that even though it was a
really strong odor. The dog often bring opossums
to the back door and they usually walk away after
10 mins of his coming into the house. However, he
has killed a large raccoon before. What other
animals smell really bad? The dog's lip was cut
where his jaw hinges and it is slowly healing, but
stinks too. We live in Northwest Indiana. Do you
have any other suggestions to help us? Please
reply. Thank you. - Suzann
Hi again, We just got an email from our
tenants indicating they see footprints in the snow
of the skunk under the porch going out to forage.
Would it make any sense to try to trap it now? I
will be back in CT from Feb 14 - 25, so that would
be the ideal time to take care of it, if it makes
sense to try. Cordially, Ron
My response: Sure. But the best thing you can do
is to block the opening around the porch, so that
no skunks can get in again. If you do trap in
winter, check the trap very often, so that the
animal doesn't freeze to death.
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