What should I do with a skunk after I catch it?

If a skunk gets into your property, instead of tearing out your hair in frustration, you need to do something about it. Trapping skunks is one of the most popular and effective ways of getting rid of skunks. However, once you trap the skunk, you need to find out how to deal with it. It is important that you are sure about what to do with the trapped skunk before actually setting the trap. At the very least, you need to make sure you treat the skunk in a humane manner and that you do not keep it in the cage for too long. So, what should you do with a skunk after catching it?

Kill the skunk
The first option available to you is to kill the skunk by either shooting it or by euthanizing it. Shooting the skunk seems to be a very straightforward thing but then you will need to know how to deal with the blood spilt. Keep in mind that this blood may be contaminated with rabies and with other diseases. So, you need to be very careful about removing the dead skunk's body.

Relocate it
Second, you can think about relocating the trapped skunk. However, when dealing with the trapped skunk, you need to be careful it does not spray you. One way to keep yourself protected against skunk spray is by not allowing it to see you. When skunks are not able to see you, they will not think about emitting their spray.  Also, when dealing with the trapped skunk, you need to approach it in a very calm manner and make sure you do not make any sudden movements. A soft hum is something you should do as you want the skunk to remain calm. Once it is within reach, you should cover the cage with a towel. Next, take the cage with the trapped animal inside and open it many miles from where you live. Ideally, you should relocate the skunk in a wooded area.

Wear protective clothing
When dealing with the trapped skunk, make sure you wear protective clothing and also ensure your hands are encased in thick rubber gloves. Also, keep in mind that the skunk can easily become agitated which is why you need to handle the cage very carefully. The good news is in most cases, skunks will leave the trap on their own but even so, it makes sense to take every precaution when dealing with it.

Handle rabid skunks with utmost caution
If you suspect the skunk is rabid, then you should not release it. If it is very aggressive or shows signs of nervousness or salivates, then you should suspect it to be rabid. In such cases, you should take the skunk to the local animal department and allow them to test and even eliminate the skunk in the right manner.

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