Skunk Removal Remembrances and Suggestions

This cool skunk vitamin case is a great gift for skunk fans.  Click on the picture to get one of your own.

This cool skunk vitamin case is a great gift for skunk fans. Click on the picture to get one of your own.

Over the last couple years, the feral animal problem in my back yard has gotten worse and worse.  So last spring, I bought a Have-a-Heart Trap. For several weeks, I carefully set the trap with bait, eager to catch a opossum, a raccoon, or even a cat.   But day after day, the trap remained empty.

After a while I lost interest.  The trap sat for months, alone and neglected, just outside my wife’s office window.

This Heart Design Wood Jewelry Box with Glass Insert is too small to hold a skunk, but makes a great gift anyway.  Click on the picture to see more.

This Wood Jewelry Box with Glass Insert Has-a-Heart but is too small to hold a skunk. It makes a great gift anyway. Click on the picture to see more.

Then early one morning, a strange muffled clap alerts my wife to the fact that something has been caught.   She peers out her window and gleefully runs upstairs to give me the news.  “Wake up, O intrepid trapper!”

The title of this blog post pretty much gives away the contents of my Have-a-Heart Trap. I have to say, it works great.

So now the problem becomes what to do next.  I’m in no hurry to startle my new pet, or to test his patience in any way.   If he sprays, he is sure to hit the house.  It’s time to call in the experts: Livermore City Animal Control.

“We don’t handle skunks”, they tell me.  “Call the County”.

OK.  So I call Alameda County Animal Control. “We don’t handle skunks”, they tell me.  “Call the City”.

“But they just told me to call you.  What do you suggest I do?”, I ask politely.

“Try the Yellow Pages sir”, is the curt reply.

Money Managers, Investment Bankers and Trappers will enjoy this Business Card Case with Dollar Sign Design

Money Managers, Investment Bankers and Trappers will enjoy this Business Card Case with Dollar Sign Design

I soon discover that the yellow pages do indeed have listings for people willing to handle skunks.    I call a few and each quotes about $125 for skunk removal. “Too expensive.  Thanks anyway”.

I hang up and decide that Paulano can handle this himself.   As I “strategize” about how to do this, I realize that because of the bushes and plants, maybe I can get a better look at the trap from my neighbor’s backyard.  Normally, my neighbor and I keep our distances, but when he finds out why I’m knocking on his door at 8:00 in the morning, he’s very accommodating, and gives me access to his yard.  He even offers to shoot my skunk for me.   “Thanks for the offer”, I say, “but I’ll pass”.

After a fair bit of reconnaisance and thought, $125 is starting to look pretty cheap.  I get back on the phone.  “Hello, AAAA Varmit Removal?  How soon can you get here?”

In less than an hour, a guy pulls up in a truck that you can smell before you see, making me thankful for my

Vegetarians and other healthy eaters will enjoy the Vegatables Design Retractable ID Badge Holder by Kyle Design

Vegetarians and other healthy eaters will enjoy the Vegetables Design Retractable ID Badge Holder by Kyle Design.

decision not to put my Mini-Van in harm’s way.   Ten minutes later, the guy has left with my skunk and my money.  Nothing and nobody got sprayed.

At this point, the trap is empty of the skunk, but still full of dirt from the skunk’s effort to dig his way out.   I shake it clean, and place it on the other side of my yard, rignt next to our vegatable and herb garden.   And then, for reasons completely unknown, I re-set the door of the trap.  In so doing, Paulano made another $125 mistake that didn’t become apparent until the next morning. As I took out the garbage after breakfast,  I noticed that another black and white had found his way into my trap.

“Hello, AAAA Varmint Removal?  Do you give quantity discounts?”

After my summertime skunk experience, I have this suggestion for skunk capture and skunk removal:  Before you set your Have-a-Heart Trap, be sure to partially wrap it in several plastic garbage bags, and position them in a way that will easily allow complete wrapping after you catch an animal. Good Luck. You’ll probably need it.

Good Luck will follow you for the whole day with your Four Leaf Clover gift items by Kyle Design

Good Luck will follow you for the whole day with your Four Leaf Clover gift items by Kyle Design

If you, your friend or your pet has had a recent run-in with a skunk, if you are a skunk lover, or if you just like skunks a lot, be sure to check out Kyle Designs. She has dozens of skunk themed gifts and gifts with skunk images that will be a great way to remember your last skunk experience.  Kyle offers engraving too, to give an extra personal touch to your treasured skunk memento.

 

Boeing 40c Itinerary for Pemberton’s Transcontinental Flight

Way back when, postage for transcontinental airmail was 24 cents

Way back when, postage for transcontinental airmail was 24 cents

Months ago, I wrote a blog post on Addison Pemberton and his restored Boeing 40c.   Be sure to check it out for background.  Today Pemberton began a transcontinental flight in his plane that began at Republic Field in New York, and will end on Monday in San Francisco.  The flight plan retraces an old transcontinental mail route.  Here is the latest info I can find on the 40c Itinerary.

Biplane image on this Kyle Design Vitamin Case

Biplane image on this Kyle Design Vitamin Case

Transcontinental Air Mail Route Schedule, Sept. 10-15, 2008

Subject to Change Due to possible weather-related or other delays.

— Wed., Sept. 10 — Depart New York Republic Field 9:30 a.m. Arrive Bellefonte, PA late morning. Depart and arrive Cleveland, OH Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL) late afternoon/early evening. Overnight stop.

— Thurs., Sept. 11 — Depart Cleveland (BKL) 9:30 a.m. Arrive Bryan, OH (OG6) late morning. Depart and arrive Chicago, IL Lansing Airport (IGQ) late afternoon. Arrive Iowa City, IA (IOW) early evening. Overnight stop.

Aviators Christmas Ornament at Kyle Design

Aviators Christmas Ornament at Kyle Design

— Fri., Sept. 12 — Depart Iowa City 9:30 a.m. Arrive Omaha, NE (OMA) late morning. Depart and arrive North Platte, NE, (LBF) late afternoon. Overnight stop.

— Sat., Sept. 13 — Depart North Platte 9:30 a.m. Arrive Cheyenne, WY (CYS), late morning. Depart and arrive mid-afternoon Rawlins, WY (RWL). Depart and arrive Rock Springs, WY (RKS) early evening. Overnight stop.

— Sun., Sept. 14 — Depart Rock Springs 9:30 a.m. Arrive Salt Lake City, UT (U42) late morning. Depart and arrive Elko, NV (EKO) late afternoon. Depart and arrive Reno, NV (RNO) early evening. Overnight stop.

— Mon., Sept. 15 — Depart Reno 9:30 a.m. Arrive Hayward, CA (HWD) late morning. Depart Hayward mid-day for San Francisco (SFO or Chrissy Field). Return to Hayward. Overnight stop.

Be sure to check local airports for details on public views and access.  Also, you can follow the flight on a daily basis via the following link:  Smithsonian Airmail Odyssey.