Hartford Skunk Removal Resources

Skunk Rehabber - Dianne MacKay: 860-428-8005

Free Hartford County Animal Services: 860-722-8301

Wildlife Trapping by Trutech Wildlife Services: 860-422-4752

If you need skunk control in Hartford, 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 Hartford 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 Hartford 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 Trutech Wildlife Services in Hartford.

In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Hartford 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 Connecticut 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.

Hartford Skunk Control Information: Do skunks attack chickens?

Skunks, sometimes called polecats, are medium size mammals, usually thought of for their ability to spray a, unpleasant liquid form glands located under their tales. Four species of skunks are found in the world. The hooded skunk, a striped skunk, lesser known spotted skunk and the very rare hog-nosed skunk. The striped skunk is the most common of all. A Skunks' eyes and ears are tiny and even vision though there vision is bad; their keen sense of hearing helps them navigate. .An adult skunk measures around 2 feet including its 7-10 inch tail. A grown skunk can weigh between 3 and 12 pounds.

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On average, Males are about 15% larger and weigh more than females. The most common fur color for skunks is black and white, but some skunks tend toward brown or grey. A select few are even cream colored. Even from birth, skunks are striped. This can range from a single black stripe down their backs to a series of white spots and broken stripes. Skunks prefer to be crepuscular and searches for food from dusk to dawn. At daylight it will return to its den. If a skunk gains access to your chicken coop, they will usually feed on the eggs and may hurt or even kill your chickens. To keep your flock safe from skunks and other predators, make sure that they are kept in a secure coop or run.

Always use the proper fencing. Keep young chicks safe in a secure brooder. Skunks do not normally climb or break through fences, but will gain access through any holes, loose ties, or raised areas in fences or sides of buildings. Skunks have strong feet and large claws that make them excellent diggers. More than often a skunk may try to gain entry to your coop by digging under the fence. Skunks are mainly attracted to available food, water and safe shelter. To keep skunks at bay, don't leave any pet food out, secure your garbage, and lock your coop. You can try placing paving stones around the outside edge of the coop or bury hardware cloth or welded wire down a few inches along the bottom edge of your fences to stop skunks from digging their way in. If you believe you have an existing skunk problem you can try setting a baited live trap, or contacting a local animals removal service