Wildlife Damage Control/Skunk removal

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I have read differnet questions to you regarding skunk removal. In most of those questions they have asked yo what type of "food" to use in trapping them. You nor any of the refferences that you recommend seem to answer this particular question.  What would be the best thing to put in a live trap to draw a skunk into it?

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By "live trap" I assume you mean cage or box traps. I don't suggest footholds (another live trap) to be used by people not experienced with them.

You didn't provide me with any context for the trapping. Do you have access to the den entrance? If so, why use bait at all? Just use a 2 door cage trap, covered with a cloth and barricade the sides to force the skunk to walk through the cage. No bait needed at all.

Location is far more important than bait. Never make bait do what moving the trap to a better location will do.
Otherwise, if you seek to trap random skunks walking through your yard, I would suggest fried chicken skin. Be prepared to catch other animals though.

Additional info on skunk control and deodorizing can be found by googling "Stephen M. Vantassel, skunk, deodorizing, UNL"  

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Stephen M. Vantassel

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I can assist the public in responding to all kinds of wildlife related problems in the United States and Canada, including birds, mice, rats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, opossums, voles, moles, chipmunks, woodchucks, pocket gophers, and more. Please note that I specialize in vertebrates only, (animals with a backbone). While learning about insects, other experts should be consulted with insect questions. My passion is wildlife damage identification, for if you don't know what animal is causing the problem, you can't begin to resolve it responsibly. My latest book is the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd edition (2012). It is available at my site http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com or by visiting my various vendors. (A simple internet search on the book's title will bring you to them).

Experience

I was a full time animal damage controller for over 5 years and a part-time animal damage controller for over 10. I have been a volunteer for AllExperts.com for over 5 years under the Pest Control Category, when they graciously created a new category that better suited my experience (I don't answer bug questions). I was a licensed animal controller in both Massachusetts, Connecticut and Nebraska. I presently run the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, http://icwdm.org and http://wildlifecontrolconsultant.com.

Organizations
National Wildlife Control Operators Association, Community Integrated Pest Management group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Publications
I have published multiple books, including The Wildlife Removal Handbook rev. ed. and the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook 3rd ed. Additionally, I have written dozens of articles which have appeared in Wildlife Control Technology Magazine, Fur-Fish & Game, The Trapper, The Fur Taker, The Probe, and others. I have co-authored wildlife related publications for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program and was responsible for revising the handbook designed for the Pest Controllers looking to obtain their category 14 license.

Education/Credentials
I was a trapper education instructor for the state of Massachusetts, and have attended a variety of conferences and trainings, including but not limited to Vertebrate Pest Conference, Wildlife Damage Management Conference, National Wildlife Control Association national conference, Wildlife Control Technology Conference. I have not only attended these meetings but have also been privileged to have been a speaker. I have received the National Wildlife Control Operators Association Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and 2012.

Awards and Honors
Certified Wildlife Control Operator (2001), Academy Certified Professional (2008), Master NWCOA Instructor (2012)

Past/Present Clients
I have helped thousands of people around the U. S. through my work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wildlife Control Consultant. Specific tasks include: Ghost writing, Research, Expert Witness, Writing Training Manuals, Public speaking at Conferences, Workshops, and Trainings

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