Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A battle of wills!

In the past week, we've had an influx of critters outside our house. For one thing, a family of skunks moved in under our mini barn. I was convinced that these skunks were polygamists because there are 3 or 4 adults and 3 babies living there. I was informed by a wildlife rehabilitator though, that skunk babies stay with their mom for a year or more- so this is actually a mom and two litters of her babies. Sad. I thought that there was some skunky Big Love action under my barn.

We're not sure what to do about these guys. They have been minding their own business for the most part during the day, but at night, they come right up to our house. Matthew went out the front door the other night to get something out of his truck and there sat one of them poised to spray right off of our front porch!

We're living in fear waiting for one of them to be hiding under our vehicle when we go to get in it. And we're almost expecting that Reggie is going to get sprayed one of these nights when we let him outside.

What to do?

Secondly, I'm having a battle of wills with a tree frog. For over a week now, this one stinkin' tree frog keeps perching himself on our bedroom windowsill (or somewhere near our window) and proceeds to croak loudly throughout the night. I have relocated him five times now to locations clear on the other side of the house, and it never fails- he's back the very next night! One night, he even came back in the course of the same night! Apparently the lady frogs live near our bedroom!?!

Now he's beginning to get wise to my frog catching ways. When he sees me step outside, he stops croaking- which is how I was finding him every night. As soon as I walk back inside he commences his incessant noise again. So frustrating.

At least I don't live in fear that the frog is going to spray me with putrid fumes that will penetrate my every pore and fiber!

I love all critters- but this is ridiculous.

Anyone have any suggestions for skunk removal/relocation??

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  1. I can tell you a good story about a beaver...and handling critter problems. But I think you've already heard it too many times =)

  2. Your husband being a beaver killer is not relevant to my skunk issues. :)