By Todd Roy

Skunks can be a nuisance to humans in urban and suburban environments. According to the Montana Department of Agriculture, live-trapping nuisance animals in a solid metal or wire mesh cage is an effective way of removing them from your home. While you should not needlessly destroy a skunk you have trapped, conditions may make it necessary or preferable to terminate the skunk in a safe manner rather than re-releasing it in another locale.

Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) spraying, USA
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Live-trapping and releasing skunks elsewhere -- wear gloves -- is often an option.

Solid Traps

Step 1

If the trap used to capture the skunk is solid metal, stand the trap on end with the opening on top.

Step 2

Fill the trap completely with water from a hose or large container.

Step 3

Wait a minimum of three to five minutes while the skunk is submerged. Death as a result of drowning should occur during this time.

Mesh Traps

Step 4

If the trap is made from wire mesh, fill a large container with water.

Step 5

Submerge the trap fully in the container.

Step 6

Wait a minimum of three to five minutes while the skunk is submerged. Death as a result of drowning should occur during this time.