Re: Skunks Keep Away techniques?
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 23:02:39 -0700
David F. Delman <Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM> wrote:
>At summer camp and I expect this camping year we are going to have
>a real problem with skunks. At summer camp food alone didn't seem
>to be the draw to bring them towards the campers. You might argue
>that maybe a previous user of the site had food where we were thus
>these black and whites, with reasonable memories, came back checking.
>Any tried and trued methods of keeping the skunks away from the
> campers so they can have a nights sleep.
>My only thought was to hang food bags, i.e the "Bear Bag Hang"
> someplace away from the camp.
We have a favorite place to go that is also a favorite place for
skunks. I think you are correct, once a site has proven rewarding,
nothing will deter the critters. They will even enter the tents,
whether or not someone is in there already (though it is rumored
they will leave camp immediately upon hearing my snoring). One
of my Scouts had to resort to tying the tent zippers together with
his boot laces to keep the needle nosed striped kitties out.
Proper food handling is still required, but I have seen small
critters rip open food bags by dropping onto them from the branch
above. I would recommend a heavy duty coated nylon bag (! NOT a
sleeping back stuff sack! at least not one currently being used
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