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Patch Chat: Are Skunks a Stinky Situation in Oak Forest?

Readers have spotted a lot of skunks in Oak Forest, and they want to know—where are they coming from, and how do they get rid of them?

Nobody likes a skunked dog, and Patch reader Scott Johansen would know better than most. Johansen's dogs have been sprayed a combined five times. On any given evening, he says, skunks trot out into his yard around sunset, and the number of skunks he's spotted has seemed to increase within the past two years.

Another Oak Forest Patch Facebook fan said a family of skunks has taken up residence under his shed, and he's not sure what to do.

But has the skunk population in Oak Forest actually increased? We have a call in to Oak Forest Animal Control. In the meantime, we spoke with one commissioner, who said there are no more skunks in Oak Forest than in past years, and that living among so much forest preserve land can have its drawbacks, like .

Last week, Ben Nelson, a . Nelson suggested eliminating feeding options, trapping, and sealing off openings to burrows the animals make.

Oak Forest Animal Control suggested spotting the animals' den, and pouring cooking oil over the entrance. Yahoo.com Answers suggests sticking some old rags soaked with plain household ammonia (best to use a long stick or a pole because you don't want to get too close) under the porch, deck, shed, garage that they are living under.

Many want more help in handling their stinky enemies, Johansen told Patch. Are you one of them?

We Want to Know:

  • Have you encountered these fragrant critters? How frequently?
  • What tips have you heard in helping combat the problem?
  • How do you de-skunk a dog? What tips have you used, or which have proven most effective?
  • Do you have skunks living in your yard, under your porch, or in your area?
Scott Johansen August 25, 2011 at 05:36 PM
And another skunk update: It appears that another neighbor's dog got hit last night as well. Numerous times for them as well. When is the city going to step up?
Julia August 25, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Give it a rest...it isn't the City's responsibility. It's nature...you have to live with them and they have to live with us.
Scott Johansen August 26, 2011 at 04:51 AM
So if wildlife becomes a nuisance who's responsibility is it? Especially since it's against the law for me to take care of it myself even in a humane way. Sorry but I don't sweep things under the rug until I get an answer. If the city/state wants to allow me to trap and then release in the woods I'd be happy to.
Cynthia September 14, 2011 at 12:13 AM
I do not leave any food out and my back yard is what I call infested with Poseum, skunks and racoons. They are getting so daring they come out in the day time. When I was a dog owner animal control would be over to my house, ticket in hand, if my dogs barked, even if they were barking at them in my gangway. Now they say there is nothing they can do. I am even afraid to let my young children put in the backyard because of what they can do to them. My parents are OF residents also and thier dogs have been sprayed. What are all of our elected officals going to do about this...like everything else nothing!
Frank DeVries March 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
These arent the usual skunks doing this it the politians ,vote them out redo all wages from the top down in the city government. And the people set their wages , they will tell you that to have someone that knows what they are doing you have to pay for it . Evidently then it has to be a volunteer job so finances wont affect their pocket book.

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