SK: FW: lost skunk - advice on finding them??

Lisa Miller elfnlisa at
Wed Mar 18 21:35:42 PDT 2009

I am so very sorry to hear about your skunk. My heart goes out to you. I hope she comes back! Here's some hope for you and her. There are three wild skunks that have been "cruising 'my apt. complex for three years now. Anyway, they come out about the same time every night ( around 10 pm), and they always seem to make the same familiar " rounds" or patterns in whaich way they go and where they go. It seems they are " creatures of habit". My pet skunk comes out from under my bed the same time every night, which is always around 11pm. ( maybe she likes to watch " The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Hmmm...Anyway, what I am trying to say is, maybe your " little darling' makes her " usual rounds" outside as well. When you get her back, keep an eye on her because may have found herself a " boyfriend" and "got lucky"! Then you"ll have lots of babies to love and adore, which would be really cool! My heart goes out to you both, and I hope you find her safe and
 sound. Also, if she has a favorte blanket, towel or pillow that she loves to sleep on, put it out on your porch with her usual food and treats. Maybe that will "entice" her. Also put out a neighborhood " watch". I hope these tips help you find her! Take Care and Peace Out! Lisa

--- On Wed, 3/18/09, Dar <cpdpmp at> wrote:

From: Dar <cpdpmp at>
Subject: Re: SK: FW: lost skunk - advice on finding them??
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at>
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:50 PM

this is so sad,best of luck,and prayers coming,hope she comes back safe and 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martha Hankins" <trepidgirl15 at>
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at>
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:46 PM
Subject: Re: SK: FW: lost skunk - advice on finding them??

Hi,Amy...i feel so bad that you lost your heart goes out to 
you..i know what it is like to loose a beloved cat ran away n to 
this day(back in 1996) i still don't know what happened.i'd love to have a 
pet skunk but they aren't leagal here. the law went out of effect in 2002.i 
wroteto my sneator(i went to school w/ him) n i hope he can do something for 
us who love best of luck to you,dear....martha

From: Amy Roth <amyrothdvm at>
Subject: Re: SK: FW: lost skunk - advice on finding them??
To: skunks at
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 12:33 PM

Humm...I got advice TO put out her favorite foods and put flour around it so 
I could see her tracks to help regionalize where she might be- things like 
popcorn and melons and broccoli that cats and dogs typicically wouldn't eat. 
Now I'm confused. ALso would she pick a spot to hide and then go back to it 
after each night to sleep in the day or would she move to new sleeping 
holes? What is their typical behavior that way? I'm just wondering if since 
she's been gone 4 nights now if she'd be more likely to settle into an area 
or still be relocating each night. My ground around my house is gravel so 
there are NO tracks to give me any idea which direction she headed so I'm 
trying to narrow my search to the most likely environments - do they like 
tall grass, bushes, moist verses dry areas? Would she be more likely to dig 
a hole or get into something -shed,pipe, etc. How likely are they to stay 
away from yards with dogs? Should I look first in
yards without dogs?? OUr irrigated ground is soft -we have lots of mole 
holes but they are out in the open - do they dig holes in the open or only 
under something. Homes are built on cement and hard for an animal to dig 
under them here.

Thanks to everyone who is trying to help me. I feel bad enough she got out 
so right now the fact that she isn't spayed and I'm a bad owner for that is 
not helping. When her glands were removed, she was under anesthesia longer 
than I wanted so I did not have them continue with the spay.

> From: SkunkLady2 at
> Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:43:53 -0400
> To: skunks at
> Subject: Re: SK: FW: lost skunk - advice on finding them??
> In a message dated 3/18/2009 11:28:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> amyrothdvm at writes:
> > She is not spayed.
> That's a BIG problem in more ways than one.
> Multiple Coyotes could kill her.
> Just because you've not seen then, don't believe for one minute there "are 
> no
> skunks". Skunks are now even happily living in inner city areas all over 
> the
> country.
> Don't put food out....that just invites MORE problems and MORE wildlife. 
> Go
> out and look for her....under/behind/in everywhere and everything. Go out 
> at
> dusk and dawn for at least a couple of hours. Rattle cellophane packages,
> shake a peanut can or jar.....familiar 'treat' sounds.
> Shelor
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