Should you poison a skunk?

If you want to get rid of a skunk permanently from your property there are many ways to do this. Poisoning is on the list however it should not be done. Poisoning an animal is inhumane and is illegal in many states. There are plenty of reasons why you should not poison a skunk no matter how much trouble they have been causing. There is no specific poison for killing skunks and you won’t find any that is legal and registered in any part if the United States which proves it is illegal to be killing skunks by poison.

Reasons why you should not use poison
Tennessee animals are a living thing and they should be handled and disposed of in a humane way. There is no reason why animals should suffer. Poison will make the skunk struggle helplessly and be in a lot of pain before finally dying. This is a huge reason why killing skunks by poison should not be considered.

By using bait poison, you run the risk of infecting other wildlife who may be attracted to the food source. You also run the risk of children or pets eating the bait which is fatal in all cases.

When Chattanooga skunks are poisoned they will source out a deep dark place to go and die. This can be concerning if the skunk decides to die in the roof canal or within the walls of your home. Decaying skunk sets off a very offensive odor which can take months to get rid of. It can be unsettling for the family and house guests.

While these Chattanooga animals are vibrant and very intelligent they will source the best place to go and die and most times it will be in a hard to reach place where you cannot get to, to get rid of the body before too much decay has happened.

Types of poison and their reaction:
Most poisons are an anticoagulant meaning it is a poison used to kill rats and mice with ingredients like brodifacoum, bromadiolone, warfarin and difenacoum. These are recommended for rats and mice but will also kill small animals like skunks and rabbits.

The process can take some time and it is very painful for the animal and in the end will result in a hypovolemic blood shock which will kill the animal. Antifreeze is made with ethylene glycol. Which the liver will metabolize in oxalate and glycolate which will lead to cellular damage in the kidneys. After the stage of vomiting the muscles will begin to twitch as the liver, heart and kidneys going into failure which will lead to death.
Bromethalin is a rat poison that targets the nervous system which will lead to limb ataxia and also hyperthennia within 36 hours. This is a slow agonizing process for the animal.
Cholecalciferol is a poison that produces hypercalcemia that will end up with systematic calcification of the tissues that will lead to renal failure. Time until death is within 24 to 36 hours.
Strychnine will cause muscles convulsions that will end up with death from asphyxia and exhaustion.
The most humane ways to kill skunks is most certainly not with poison by shooting or using live traps and relocating them to an isolated place away from civilization.

Visit our Chattanooga wildlife control home page to learn more about us.