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Re: ??????

The program we saw on skunks stated that the skunk doesn't really have
much spray material. So, it will give lots of warnings before spraying.
A segment showed a mountain lion interested but it took the warnings and
backed off. A coyote kept pestering the skunk, ignored the warning and
got a spray when it attacked. Our dogs are inside at night so we seldom
have a problem. They have gotten hurt more by raccoons.


ETN Zone 7 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Monday, March 8, 2010 5:43:01 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] ?????? 

As long as you have indoor animals, skunks are not a problem. 
Even if you keep the dogs in at night, it should be all right - in 
more than 40 years we have never had an animal - this time a 
cat - sprayed by a skunk. When they walk by at night they 
really only leave a faint odor. That's a small price to pay for 
the way they dig out yellow-jacket nests. Now there's a problem - 
yellow-jackets can do real damage, and a lot of people seem to 
be allergic to them. 

In a message dated 3/8/2010 11:47:54 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
justjess01@gmail.com writes: 

You would only want a skunk around if it was "de-pewed" Bonnie. (which 
is against the law because it is their only form of defense in the 
wild) The guys renting our bunkhouse have trapped 12 of them this 
spring. They carry rabies, and the weird thing is, rabies will not 
kill a skunk, but they can be carriers of it. And they stink to high 
heaven. At three o'clock in the morning they ran our guys out of that 
house and they threw up from the smell. A couple of them got UNDER 
the bunkhouse and it must have been two males fighting...but you could 
smell that for almost a WEEK. They had to air out the house. 

On 3/7/10, BONNIE_HOLMES <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net> wrote: 
> Saw a very interesting program on skunks the other night. Fascinating. 
> Didn't know that a mountain lion or rattler wouldn't bother a skunk. In 
> fact, rattlers will actually hide from them as skunks will kill them. 
> They will also eat bees and yellow jackets. Don't think I would mind 
> having one around but we have dogs. 

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