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.


Please sign the petition asking the Windsor City Council to reconsider their plans to educate the public and adopt a cruelty-free method of skunk control.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

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

Carrie Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

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

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes5 years ago


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

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.

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

Sadly, things like this happen everywhere!

Randi L.
Randi Levin5 years ago

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!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U5 years ago

Done ty

Mary Cummins
Mary Cummins5 years ago

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.

robin d.
robin d5 years ago

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.