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A rag soaked in ammonia in the shed should deter the skunk and other pests from setting up camp.  After s/he leaves, you should close the openings that allow access to the critters.  If you remain calm and don't posture yourself as a threatening being, you should be fine.  Don't corner it either.  =)

Good luck!  

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From: MO Wild Bird Forum on behalf of frances
Sent: Sun 3/19/2006 11:35 PM
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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler and Skunk
 
Today at our home here in St. Joseph, one YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER visited
our bird bath about 4:30 pm. With the very wintry weather they are
predicting for us, I had to wonder where this guy would be spending the
next few days.
Hope he comes back to the heated bird bath.

Remembered that another Yellow-rumped Warbler had been here one other time
since the first of the year...that was on Feb. 13...isn't that early for
NWMO?

Saturday we made a quick trip to the Bean Lake Cabin to fill the feeders before
the snow storm hits. We were there about 2-1/2 hours which included
feeder-filling and the installation of a 4-inch plastic pipe on one feeder
pole.
Some climbing-critter had figured out how to completely empty that one.
For that time period, which also included a drive along the lake arm toward
the marsh area, we had 25 species.

Make that 26, since just as we were ready to leave the cabin a STRIPED
SKUNK showed up, eating the peanuts that had dropped on the ground from the
feeder.
He seemed totally unaware of us even when Georgia yelled at him to
"get out of there!" and clapped her hands.
He was so intent on eating, guess nothing else mattered.
He finally trotted over into the old boat house shed, and we left.

Now we wonder what will happen when we have to get the tractor out ...
may have to borrow a "haz-mat" suit.
Any suggestions on how to get him out of there...for good!
Don't really want to make him mad. ;-)

Frances Cramer and
Georgia Hathorne
St. Joseph, MO Buchanan Co.
Bean Lake Cabin Platte Co.
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