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Skunks Wage Turf Battle Over New Homes
Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2006 | Unknown

Posted on 05/30/2006 4:53:45 PM PDT by decimon

STOCKTON, Calif. - Residents of new housing developments on the outskirts of San Joaquin County cities are waging a stinky turf battle with skunks.

Animal control officials warned residents that skunks are holding on to their underground burrows even as brand new homes take root above.

"They're just a nuisance right now," said Tom Ramirez, who supervises animal control for the Stockton Police Department. "They're multiplying everywhere."

Skunks live in dens that hold up to 75 animals, Ramirez said. New development hasn't scared them, only pushed them deeper, he said.

If bothered, skunks can spray a foul scent up to 10 feet.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: environment; skunks
What a revoltin' developement.
1 posted on 05/30/2006 4:53:46 PM PDT by decimon
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To: MississippiDeltaDawg

Le ping.


2 posted on 05/30/2006 4:56:18 PM PDT by dighton
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To: decimon
Sure it's skunks.

No prop 215 activity going on in CA, none at all.

This story would'nt have fooled my mom 20 some years ago.

3 posted on 05/30/2006 4:56:20 PM PDT by Dinsdale
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4 posted on 05/30/2006 5:24:32 PM PDT by Ligeia (Help unseat Jim Moran: http://www.tomodonoghue.com/about.html)
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To: decimon

Throw mothballs down in their dens and they will leave.


5 posted on 05/30/2006 5:35:37 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: decimon

Can't we just
all get along?


6 posted on 05/30/2006 5:40:32 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom)
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To: Grammy

Does that work with woodchucks?


7 posted on 05/30/2006 5:40:40 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

If you (or your dog or cat) get skunked, use the following formula to remove the smell:

1 quart hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
squirt of dishwashing detergent

mix and use it quick because the peroxide reacts with the baking soda.

I've used it on my dog multiple times (yeah he's that dumb) and it really works. All the other remedies (tomato juice, etc.) are more expensive and don't work.


8 posted on 05/30/2006 5:45:53 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: decimon

Wait until some squirrel starts ripping off insulation to pad her den. Until we could block access, I was starting to feel like Bill Murray in, "Caddyshack". Gophers aren't much better...

Caught the little sh*t in my utility room chowing down on cat food, last week.


9 posted on 05/30/2006 5:49:28 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: decimon

I was told it would drive out "critters" from under my porch, so it would probably be worth a try.

That, or you can do what we did with the moles in the garden..... attached a hose to the tailpipe of Mr G's motorcycle and poisoned them.
8-)


10 posted on 05/30/2006 5:50:08 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: glorgau
Wish I had known that a few years ago. I had a big old dumb golden who kept getting caught. We tried everything, including tomato juice and douche.
11 posted on 05/30/2006 5:51:56 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: TheSpottedOwl

We are fighting squirrels right now. They are eating the logs on our log house!
Talked to the wildlife people and they said rat traps with peanut butter. Doesn't work. Only thing that works is a shotgun to turn them into a pink mist.


12 posted on 05/30/2006 5:54:16 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: decimon
Skunks live in dens that hold up to 75 animals,

Is that true? Are skunks communal?

13 posted on 05/30/2006 5:56:37 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: decimon

Ohhhh.....skunks. I thought the subject said Skanks and it was another Paris Hilton thread. Never mind.


14 posted on 05/30/2006 6:13:09 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: glorgau

Our doggie got skunked, I called the emergency animal hospital and they gave me that exact recipe. Yes, it really works!


15 posted on 05/30/2006 6:20:18 PM PDT by Hildy ("Whenever someone smiles at me all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life." - Dwight Schrute)
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To: decimon

I'm sorry! I clicked on this thread by mistake - I thought it was about Congress and "Legislative Privilege".


16 posted on 05/30/2006 6:21:24 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: decimon

Skunks are bad but Dems stink worse!


17 posted on 05/30/2006 6:42:30 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl; null and void
"Caught the little sh*t in my utility room chowing down on cat food, last week."

Minor stuff. I have drawer possums. < /inside joke > Long story. To date, I have relocated 7 of the little b*st*rds, two just this morning. Every night, I'm wondering where the next one is going to turn up. I feel like I'm caught up in some comedy/horror movie.

18 posted on 05/30/2006 7:00:35 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Grammy

Unfortunately you're right. We live in a manufactured home, and this little devil is bold as brass. My cats have disappeared, and the only line of defense is the cat and dogs next door, where its burrow is located.

It's pretty bad when a squirrel stares you down on your back porch. Even the coyotes have more respect :(


19 posted on 05/30/2006 7:50:36 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: sweetliberty

Drawer possums? They tore up land down in Torrance several years ago, and we were inundated with raccoons and possums! We actually had a bunch of them in a cage, and the kids named them. Unfortunately, my grandbaby came to visit, and since they carry rabies, we had to let them go. Awesome possums!

They do make a mess though, so I'm sorry if they're messing up your home. My kids had never seen these critters, and fell in love : )

On a serious note, since my cats took off, we've found a mouse infestation. It's great on one hand, we breed snakes. They live on mice and rats, and it gets expensive. OTOH, deer mice carry Hanta virus, and are too big for the damn trap. I'm cleaning up mice poop all the darn time. Wish I hadn't thrown those blasted cats out of the house :)


20 posted on 05/30/2006 8:16:22 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
The first possum I saw running across the floor was cute. Caught, dispatched to more appropriate possum turf. End of problem, right? WRONG! The next night, one is scratching at the trash can next to my computer chair. Neighbor came over and chased him into hiding. The following night, same scratching next to the my chair. Caught and relocated. Not 10 minutes back into my FReeping, instant replay. Caught another one and took him down the road a ways, too. Didn't see any for several days and thought I had it licked. No such luck. I heard some rustling around in the kitchen. Went in just in time to see one scoot into my bedroom. Caught the little bugger in my stocking drawer, and took him to the woods to join his siblings.

I didn't see any the next night, but there was evidence the next morning. When I got up, the trash can next to the computer was turned over, the mouse had been moved, the control panel folder was open and the "accessibility options" icon was highlighted. (No; I'm not kidding!) So I got some electronic repellent devices. The noise only annoyed them and drove them to higher ground, apparently.

So anyway, last night I got up to get something out the kitchen. I opened a drawer, and there was a possum in it. I opened the two drawers next to it, and there was a possum in all three, including the silverware drawer! That totally grossed me out. So, I snatched one of the possums and took him for a ride. When I got back, one of the others was still sitting in a drawer staring at me. I grabbed everything out of the silverware drawer and put it in to soak in a bleach solution. The possum disappeared into the wall somewhere.

Well, by this point, I'm starting to feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. Then, I got up this mornning and was in the bathroom getting ready for work. When I opened one of the bathroom drawers, there was not one, but two possums in it...and not only in the drawer, but they had stuffed themselves into an almost full bag of cotton balls, with only their heads sticking out. I grabbed a box and tossed the possums, cottonballs and all in it, weighted the top and finished getting ready. I drove the little devils clear to the other side of the next county. Haven't seen or heard any tonight, but I'm not declaring victory just yet.

Did I mention that I'm moving next week? LOL! Actually, the possums had nothing to do with it, but it works out pretty well. I just hope I don't have any stowaways in the packing. Time to get another cat.

21 posted on 05/30/2006 8:58:57 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: Grammy

I wouldn't reccommend throwing anything at them.

They got the edge and they know it. One time I was on my way into work at about 8 or 9 at night. Although my company's office was located near a ravine and a large park, I must say I was suprised to look up and see a rather large cat.. er.. or is that a skunk munching flowers three feet in front of me! Needless, to say I backed up real slow, and went home. The skunk didn't even flinch. I hadn't startled it at all. It just went right on dining as if it hadn't a care in the world.

Those skunks know that we know better.


22 posted on 05/30/2006 10:14:58 PM PDT by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: sweetliberty

Oh no! I thought it was bad that they were living in boxes in my garage! They never got into any of my drawers, thank goodness.

I saw the first one in the den. Thought it was a giant rat until I saw her face. She was preggers. My neighbor down the street had a raccoon in her attic. Animal control took their sweet time coming over.

Don't seal your boxes until they're ready to be loaded onto the truck, just in case. Those are some crafty critters. Get a cat and a terrier at the same time, so they get along. Those little terriers are great at catching varmints : )

Time to check the mouse traps...


23 posted on 05/31/2006 5:54:59 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
No, no dogs for me. Too high maintenance for my lifestyle. I've always had cats up until last August when I had to have my 18 year old cat put down. Been wanting to get another one, but the time wasn't right. Packers are coming this morning. I will warn them about the possums. There was no evidence of them when I got up this morning, so I am hopeful that the ones yesterday might have been the last batch. The current owner and the prospective buyer are aware of them and I will strongly suggest that they locate where they were getting in and take care of it to avoid the problem in the future.
24 posted on 05/31/2006 6:32:00 AM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: sweetliberty; dighton
Actually, the possums had nothing to do with it, but it works out pretty well. I just hope I don't have any stowaways in the packing. Time to get another cat.

Do not ask dighton, then, to let you borrow his. :D

25 posted on 05/31/2006 6:46:19 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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