Green Bay dealing with skunk problem

Published: Jul. 20, 2017 at 10:34 AM CDT
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Something stinks in Green Bay.

The Green Bay Police Department says it has received "an influx of calls" from residents about skunks.

With all the rain Green Bay has experienced lately, it's no wonder skunks are congregating around their favorite snacks: grubs. Grubs come out of the soil and crawl on their backs to the surface of the ground after a downpour.

"We're just getting a lot of calls. I mean, if I have 37 calls in a 90-day period just for skunks, we have a problem,” Officer Mallory Meves of the Green Bay Police Department told Action 2 News.

The job of animal control officers is to investigate mistreated animals and control those that are deemed dangerous, abandoned or lost. So, dozens of calls about neighborhood skunks should not be directed at police.

"We advise if people want to trap their own wildlife, they can do that. But they can also contact a service like a pest control or an actual professional trapper in order to remove the nuisance wildlife,” said Meves. “But there are also rules and regulations which I myself enforce as well as Wisconsin DNR agents about monitoring the traps. We want to make sure that a trapped animal isn't left within a cage unattended, especially in hot weather without water."

Animal control has a wait list for people wanting to use a skunk trap, which are built narrow so the skunk won't have room to lift its tail and spray. Skunks have bad vision, follow their noses, and scare easily.

"I always tell people just to kind of talk softly and just walk away from it because if they are startled or something like that that's usually when they end up spraying,” said Meves. “I myself have been sprayed by a skunk; it's been an occupational hazard. Dawn dish soap, peroxide, and baking soda works wonders."

Bird feeders and pet food will always attract skunks so keep in mind you could be asking for the skunk issue happening in your back yard.

The police department recommends placing moth balls and/or citrus peels around your yard to keep the skunks away.

The department also posted on its Facebook page a "recipe" for a skunk repellent:

"Chop one yellow onion, and some jalepeño peppers. Mix these with one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and boil in two quarts of water for at least 20 minutes. Strain the mixture with a cheesecloth and place into a spray bottle. The skunk will avoid anything sprayed with this liquid, although it must be reapplied once every three to five days or after rain."

We’ve recently had an influx of calls regarding skunks in residents' yards. While wildlife has freedom to roam, there...

Posted by Green Bay Police Department on Thursday, July 20, 2017