Athens-Clarke Skunk Removal Resources

Skunk Rehabber - Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail: (706) 613-3616

Free Clarke County Animal Services: (706) 613-3540

Wildlife Trapping by Byram Wildlife Removal: 678-809-6635


If you need skunk control in Athens-Clarke, you have a few options. First, you can attempt to solve the skunk problem yourself by reading our do-it-yourself guide. If you need outside help, you can also call Clarke County Animal Services to see if they have any free resources or help for you - however, they primarily deal with dog and cat concerns. You can also call a local Athens-Clarke wildlife rehabber, as they are typically a great resource for advice that is in the best welfare of the animal. If as a last resort you must hire a professional company, we recommend Byram Wildlife Removal in Athens-Clarke.



In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Athens-Clarke skunk problem - keep garbage secured, pet food indoors, and most of all when it comes to skunks, secure the perimeter of your shed, porch, deck, or house with a barrier - lattice or steel mesh is good, and it keeps Georgia skunks from going under the structure. If trapping and removal of the skunk is the only option you have, please do so with the help of a local agency or professional company who knows how to do it humanely and legally. Browse the resources of this site for more educational information.

Athens-Clarke Skunk Control Information: Do skunks make good pets?

It depends on the origin of the skunk. Wildskunksdo not make good pets. There are domesticatedskunks, a type of skunk which has been bred in captivity for the purpose of domestication. These animals are known to be quite docile and loving. They have also typically had the scent glands removed so they lose the ability to spray. If you decide to keep a domesticatedskunk as a pet, you should know that it is quite a chore keeping them healthy and happy. Here are a few important facts you should consider.

Skunks in the wild are crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn). A pet skunk can be trained to sleep at night, but they are very active when awake. Skunks require a lot of activity and physical stimulation. If left to their own devices for too long, you can bet you will come home to some mischievous destruction. Their long claws and powerful feet are not only good for digging up roots and grubs, but they can be used to open cabinets, drawers, and even the refrigerator.

Skunks are picky eaters with a high caloric intake. In the wild a skunk's diet can be quite eclectic. Wild skunks search out anything from insects, eggs, and ants to snakes fruits and veggies. Your pet skunk's diet should be well balanced and healthy. Each serving should always include a lean protein (chicken or fish), fresh vegetables and fruits, and a small amount of cooked grains. Canned products are not a good choice. Although they might eat something like cat food, remember a hungry skunk will even raid the garbage. It doesn't mean that it is healthy for them. Skunks have trouble digesting processed foods.

If your skunk gets out of the house or yard, a pet skunk can be in real danger. Skunks inquisitive nature makes them sniff and explore everything. They can easily travel several miles in a short time, and they lack a dog, cat, or other pet's ability to home back to you. Because they are domesticated and de-scented, they have little way to defend against predators.

If you decide that you want a pet skunk, you need to weigh all the pros and cons, and please get your young skunk from a reputable dealer.