1986 - Volume #10, Issue #6, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Catch skunks live in do it yourself trap"Works great around farmsteads with heavy skunk infestations," say officials of Alberta Agriculture about a new live skunk trap that they've developed to help control growing skunk populations.
Phil Merrill, field agent, says the trap is ideal because it'll catch as many as 9 skunks at once. He says it works best around "infested" farm buildings where it's possible to have dens of as many as 20 skunks under one building.
The 24 by 12 by 36-in. skunk trap is formed from 1 by 1-1/16-in. wire mesh with reinforcing rods used to stiffen corners. A square runway protrudes from one end and is inserted into the exit hole under the building. The runway is fitted with two one-way gates inside it that keep the skunk inside once it passes through. Bait consisting of fish, fowl or raw red meat is placed in a bait box inside the main chamber of the cage. However, Merrill says trapped skunks attract other skunks.
Once skunks are inside the cage, you simply cover the cage with a heavy tarp, and gas the skunks with engine exhaust through a pipe that extends from the outside edge of the cage. Merrill says that if handled correctly, skunks will not emit their scent because they will never realize their lives are threatened.
For free copies of the skunk trap plans, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jensen Skunk Trap, Alberta Agriculture, Box 670, Cardston, Alberta, T0K 0K0 Canada. (ph 403 653-4461).
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