Being held hostage by a skunk UPDATE IN REPLIES Apparently I should just drown it?
Two days ago my DH, his godfather and DS4 were outside when they saw a skunk in the backyard. It ran under between some outbuildings and hid under some scrap wood. That night DH and a friend went skunk hunting. They checked in the same spot and sure enough, there it was. DH got his shotgun but it was gone (or possibly just further back where they couldn't see it) when they went back. He set a live trap, using peanut butter and marshmallows for bait (I told him he was probably more likely to catch our four year old with that bait than a skunk). But no skunk, not that night and not last night.
DH is convinced that it's den is under that pile of scrap wood, and that it probably has babies. So now I can't let my dogs out to wander, I have to take them out on leash to do their business. And I'm nervous to take the kiddos outside to play. The absolute last thing I need is to have a pet/kid/myself sprayed.
I'm gonna call our local wildlife office today and hopefully they can send someone out to have a look, maybe set an extra trap or two.
In the meantime we are basically hostages in our own home...
If I can't get someone from our wildlife office out here, does anyone have any suggestions on how to trap a skunk. I think I'll be changing the bait out tonight to wet cat food.