I used to know a girl with a pet skunk. It was not quite house-broken, but rarely did its doings in the house. And it was a calm, sweet animal anyone would have enjoyed being around. The problem was the digging. Horrendous damage in her home, in her car (skunk was with her at all times), and of course the yard. The animal would destroy carpeting, upholstery, whatever was there... Skunks dig, it's what they do.
Wild animals should be wild. I say this after keeping many types of non-domestic pets for many years from the time I was pretty young. They are fun, exciting and interesting but most have habits or are delicate and are better in the wild than in a house. I still have to catch 3 of the bugers and take them to the rehab lady.
LOL methidone? She takes in the young ones and cares for them until they are old enough for release far away from houses. Mine are still getting milk even though I baited them with some dog food which I saw them trying to eat.
newtonsthirdlaw, You are a kind, brave soul that I admire. Most people would rather shoot them than waste time rescuing them. We need more people willing to extend a hand of kindness to all needy creatures. cll
To be honest I don't want them in my yard and have a trap for the adults. My dog and husband have been sprayed. My sympathy for these is probably due to their age. I am working hard on figuiring out a way to make my yard less desirable to them next year.
They are so cute! We had a mom and three babies walk through our backyard nightly some years ago and for several weeks they let my husband sit within 10 feet and just quietly watch. Glad there are people who will rehab shanks!
We put in a new fence several years ago we held off putting the bottom 1" x 4" board on the bottom initially so we could add 1/2" hardware cloth strips along the bottom between each post. We (or I should say a young strong worker) buried the bottom say 6" and attached the top of the strip to the fence bottom by laying it along the bottom 3-4" stapling it on. Each strip had to be cut individually to width because of uneven terrain and the space between the ground and the bottom of the fence varied. Then we put the 1 x 4" strip over it to finish off the bottom.
It has worked beautifully, although I do miss the critters that came through nightly. They can still come through one end of the yard but getting out the other end to make their nightly rounds is now inconvenient so we don't see many, and in particular have not seen any skunks return. One of our primary purposed was to keep rodents (i.e. rats) out, but since they can climb a wooden fence easily they just run along the top, probably laughing at us, and have easy access. I think they decided to just move in to the yard permanently as there is no shortage of them!
Snagged and delivered 2 more this afternoon. Caught them under a container while they were enjoying their morning yogurt. Discovered there are 2 more so that makes the total 7 for this litter. Thats a lot of skunk! Dinner tonight will be scrambled eggs.