Few people want to get up close and personal with a skunk, especially with a not-so-happy trapped skunk. As a defense against predators, skunks spray a potent liquid (called musk) from glands under their tails. Anyone and anything on the receiving end will stink for days. A trapped skunk is stressed and, since it has nowhere to hide, will likely spray anyone approaching the trap. However, with a little patience and a few simple materials, anyone can move a trapped skunk without getting sprayed.
Things You'll Need
- Thick leather gloves
- Old blanket or extra-large towel (large enough to cover the trap on all sides)
- A change of old clothes
- Pair of old, closed-toe shoes
- 2-3 large garbage bags
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Change into old clothes and shoes, and put on leather gloves.
Clear the area of other people and animals.
Approach the trap from the upwind side so the scent drifts away from you if the skunk sprays. Raise the blanket or towel in front of you and slowly — approximately one step every three seconds — and quietly walk toward the trap.
Slowly, taking 5 to 10 seconds, lower the blanket or towel over the trap so that the entire trap is covered by the cloth.
Leave the covering in place, and gently pick up the trap by the handle to move the trap. Keep the trap level, and avoid sudden changes of direction while carrying the trap.
Place the covering and old clothes in the large garbage bags until they can be washed.