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Big Stink Over Plans to Kill Skunks in Windsor

Big Stink Over Plans to Kill Skunks in Windsor

Officials in Windsor, Ontario are feeling the backlash from animal advocates over the city’s new plan to control “nuisance” skunks.

Last week the city announced it will be allocating $80,000 towards a skunk removal program that entails trapping and killing most, if not all, of them, instead of releasing them elsewhere. City administrators voted in support of the plan, which was introduced by Ward 3 Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, in an effort to address residents who have been complaining.

However, opponents of the measure are speaking out on behalf of skunks, including dozens of emails sent to officials through an alert set up by PETA objecting to the plan, claiming that trapping and killing skunks is not an appropriate or humane option for dealing with them.

Its not going to be effective over the long-term . . . nature will fill the vacuum, said Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society.

Coulter also points out that almost no other cities go this route for skunk control. Cambridge is the only other city in Ontario that has a similar program.

We would have much preferred the city follow the path of a lot of other municipalities . . . education, said Coulter.

Opponents believe that taking preventive measures to deter skunks would make more sense. Simple changes from using skunk-proof garbage cans to keep them out of the trash and remove a major food source and making areas under porches and buildings where they nest inaccessible would be a more effective solution.

“The whole thing is prevention and no one prevents,” said licensed trapper Ted Foreman, who has been receiving numerous calls about skunks.

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3:55PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

they may smell but only as a defense.. why not release them?

8:31AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

signed, thanks for sharing :)

10:59AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Humans are the only species that truly STINKS.............................

8:13AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

''SIGNED''

6:39PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

I find it so stupid that the ones taking major decisions are the ones who know the less about what they're deciding on. They probably haven't even determined what kind of effect this can have on the environment and the biodiversity. Their plan is probably to kill them first, to satisfy themselves, then pay attention to the consequences. But that is never a good thing to do, not smart at all.

12:47PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Sadly, things like this happen everywhere!

4:12PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Reading this article, and others such as those on poaching the innocent ---I am beginning to believe that Man is not the most intelligent animal-------yet we are the most destructive!
Animals have gotten along in nature forever, but humans are unable to do so and live peacefully with all animals. Hence we are the Stupid one, and far from the most evolved!

1:32PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

Done ty

12:50PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Trapping/killing is never effective. They need to educate the public. I'm sure the problem is feral cat feeders leaving food out and easy access to trash.

8:08AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

skunks are not the problem - people are. if there is no easily available food source or good den sites they will leave the area. i live in a rural area and have all kinds of wildlife in my back yard and have never considered them a problem. one skunk made her den under a shed i had and it was great watching the babies grow up. there was no problem as i did not try to scare her off.

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