Skunks trying to move in

One night last week, I was walking out to my garage to turn some lights off just after supper.
As I got closer, I could hear something under a tarp behind the garage where I was keeping some peas that I like to feed deer with (my wife and I live outside of Kenora, so we get all kinds of wild animals passing through our yard from time to time).
In the past year, we’ve had plenty of deer, a couple of bears, a pair of great grey owls, a bobcat, a few wolves, and even a fisher. So I was thinking, “Who knows what was making noise under that tarp?”
I had a flashlight in the garage and walked around the corner to find a skunk scurrying away for the woods.
I didn’t really think anything of it because since we moved into our house two years ago, we’ve never seen a skunk in our yard before. I figured I would get all my peas put away in the garage and it hopefully would just move on.
We have a blue box outside our back door of the house and when I got up early the next morning to get ready to take some of my deer hunters out to their spots for the day, I was alarmed to find a skunk was standing right outside the door—staring at the blue box it evidently just finished tearing into.
I shut the door immediately and let out a sigh of relief that it didn’t lift its tail.
After a while, I went out the front door of our house and walked around the side of the house to see a trail of milk cartons and assorted plastic bottles leading to our guest cabin, which is open underneath.
I walked closer and shone a flashlight underneath the guest cabin. There were five skunks underneath it—all looking at me.
Now I realized we have a problem.
I was familiar with people trapping nuisance skunks but to be honest, I didn’t want anything to do with these critters. When I was in high school, our family dog, “Maggie,” got sprayed right outside the door at my parent’s house with the door still open.
Needless to say, it wasn’t good. The whole house got hit and my brother, sister, and I even got sent home from school because we all smelled to bad!
So I knew the consequences of a spray happening.
My next step was to try to figure out the best way to deal with these critters. Besides individually trapping them, the best advice I got was to try putting a radio under the cabin, along with some mothballs.
My friend, Kurt Casey, told me that skunks hate noise, so I was optimistic. I bought a small radio and some mothballs, and got everything set up before it got dark and these skunks got active again.
After letting the local radio station play all night, I inspected underneath the cabin the next morning and it appeared that the skunks were all out of there. I spent the morning getting it all boarded up so nothing can get under there and hoped I had the problem solved.
Over the past few nights, there have been some skunk sightings in my yard but at least they aren’t living underneath any of my dwellings.
Hopefully, I won’t have any more skunks stories in the near future, and they’ll move on and find a different place to spend the winter before waking up next spring.

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