Originally Posted by AllenMI
Skunks actually make very good pets, once they have their scent glands removed. .
that's because they're afriad you'll take something else the next time.
i've had raccoons walk right across me while i "slept" in my sleeping bag, trying to get to food in the corner of an open trail shelter. i just stayed still until they left. (they didn't touch my cadbury fruit and nut bar, or it woulda been a donnybrook.)
one thing i can say for raccoons: do not try to get them out of your attic by yourself.
i had one try to take up residence in the attic above my old apartment. he got in thru a small hole in the eaves caused by ice damming.
well, one day i decided to chase him out, them hammer the eaves back into place. i crawled around the attic on my belly, armed with a fishing pole and a flashlight, eventually cornering him near the hole. i slid the pole into the tiny corner of the eaves, and started poking the stubborn little bandit to get him to leave. but, he just turned, glared at me, and dissappeared in an instant.
i wasn't sure which way he'd gone as i couldn't see around the rafters very well. but lying there prostrate, unable to move more than an inch at a time, i heard a sound directly behind me at my feet.
i think it was snickering at me.
i can't tell you how uncomfortable i felt, as i pictured him standing behing me with a large hammer, cartoon style.
eventually, i wiggled out of my predicament, and outsmarted him (it took a while to complete both of these things...lol
i left some peanuts outside the hole on the roof, and when he went out to chow down, i closed up the eaves.