How to Release a Trapped Skunk
How do you release a trapped skunk? One of the facts of cage trapping or box trapping is that skunks (Mephitis mephitis) have a tendency to enter traps set for other animals. Inexperienced trappers and do-it-yourselfers are usually surprised to learn that neither cage traps or box traps are not species specific. In other words, cage and box traps catch whatever animal decides to enter the trap. Unfortunately, untrained trappers discover this fact only when the skunk is in their squirrel or woodchuck, or raccoon trap; which is of course too late.
If you want to learn how to avoid catching skunks or how to set your traps so that if you catch one it is easier to release, then get a copy of my book, The Wildlife Removal Handbook, rev. ed.
But if you have a skunk in the trap and want to know how to properly release it, visit the link below. The video shows how to release the skunk after you have gotten the cover over the trap. Always seek to release the skunk in an area with cover so that it can run and hide. Keep pets and children away. Ideally, do this around dusk. Make sure your garage and shed doors are closed before you open the caged door. Wear protective equipment, such as quality leather gloves.
This video details how to release a skunk that was trapped accidentally. Enjoy.
If you happen to get sprayed, be sure to read my publication on deodorizing skunk smell.