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

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

Handling Seattle skunks after successfully trapping it can be as difficult as trapping the animal, and the reason being that some skunks can be very aggressive especially when they are strayed. Skunks can become strayed for several reasons; if the skunk is a little weeks or months old, it might have lost its parents, secondly, the skunk might become strayed when it fell ill or lack of food in its den. It is important to figure out the reason why an animal strayed, this will help you determine what exactly the net step you must take .

When you catch a Washington skunk, it is ideal to avoid touching the skunk with your bare hands. Secondly, you need to avoid placing your fingers or any part of your body close to a place where the skunk can scratch or bite you. Try as much as possible to observe the behaviour of the Seattle skunk in a trap, most times, a sick skunk may become aggressive while a healthy skunk may become confused and try to force its way out. If you catch a skunk with a one-door or two-door trap, try as much as possible to ensure that the trap door is securely locked to ensure that the skunk doesn’t use its claws to break loose.

Make sure you wear protective clothing and hand gloves when transferring a Seattle skunk. If it is a baby skunk, you can transfer the skunk into a cardboard box, and make sure the box has an opening to allow air inside so that the slunk doesn’t get choked up. If it is an adult skunk that is aggressive right inside the trap, it will be ideal to leave it inside and then call an animal control to come n evacuate it. In most cases, the law does not allow you to release a skunk within your immediate environment; however, you can release the animal at least 20 miles away from any residential Washington area.

You are not expected to go near a Seattle skunk that is trapped on the road; rather you are expected to call animal care control immediately. In most cases, Washington animal control experts often have specialized cages whereby they transfer skunks from traps to another natural habitat. Seattle Animal control experts are the only ones authorized to treat, or feed a stray skunk and for that reason you are not expected to feed such animals because they can become aggressive and bite or scratch you.

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