Can a skunk climb a fence?
The skunks have long claws and sharp teeth. The
long claws are used to dig. Even if the skunk
may be nearsighted, they have sharp sense of
hearing or smelling. The stripped skunk is not
good in climbing but it can climb up the wire
mesh, boards or fences but it is not good in
climbing of the trees. Their long nails are
their handicap when it comes in climbing.
However, the spotted skunk is good climber and
it can easily climb the trees in matter of
Even if the skunks are poor climbers, you should
keep in mind that they are good diggers. When
you raise a fence to keep them out, you should
also bury it at a certain distance. The fence
has to be bent into the L shape and it should be
attached on the top part at the fence or it can
be buried at the lower part in the ground.
Before you can erect the fence, you should be
aware of where the skunks do live. In the urban
areas, the skunk may live in the crawl spaces
under a deck. You should start by making sure
that these places cannot be accessed by the
skunk before you decide to use the fence.
Remember that skunk breed in spring so if you
want to keep the skunk away, you should do it
before that time so that you do not evict them
when they have babies.
Killing and trapping of the skunks is not the
right option and it is not humane option to do
things since they may die in the new area where
you take them. When you kill a skunk, you are
making a room for the new skunk to come. What
you should do, is to make sure that your
property is inhospitable for the skunk. To deal
with the skunk, you should understand the skunk
behavior, their territory and their breeding
pattern. You should reduce where they can live.
You have to secure the crawl spaces or the decks
before the breeding period starts. The skunks
like to live in the semi-open places which are
weedy and grassy fields, pastures and brush
land. Normally they live near the water. The
stripped skunk likes to live in the underground
den in the soil which is well drained. The ideal
places for the stripped skunks are in the
bordering pastures, the hayfield and the
hillsides. Since their natural habitat is
getting lost, the skunks have started to live
under the out buildings, garages or houses. Go
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