I'm not sure if this goes here or on Tailgater.
The other night, I was laying in bed about to go to sleep when I heard something moving around a bowl outside our bedroom window on the deck. The bowl was for the cat food for the old tom cats that aren't allowed inside. I did not have my contacts in or glasses on, but I tried to look out in the dark through the glass part of my back door. I saw what appeared to be a small skunk. To put this in context, I like right in the middle of a city. There are racoons and possums and even some foxes, but I'd never seen a live or dead skunk in my neighborhood.
So, I went back to my bedroom and grabbed a pair of glasses. I then went back and peered through the glass in the back door. It was much better with glasses on. This time, it was very clearly a half grown racoon. Our oldest tomcat was sitting there watching the racoon eat the food, looking disgruntled. I decided I'd scare of the racoon, so I opened the door.
At that point, I see that there is, in fact, a half grown skunk and a half grown racoon, sitting about one foot from my feet. Its like the set of a Disney movie out there. Also, the skunk immediately figured out the feeding schedule and is there as soon as we feed the cats.
I figure its only a matter of time until Mr. Skunk finds the beehive that I keep at my house if he hasn't already.
I'd really rather not have a skunk hanging around the yard, as I'll eventually run into it and get sprayed or the dog will get sprayed. They carry rabies like crazy around here. Also, I don't want to feed it. How should I get rid of this skunk? I don't want to poison it, because I could poison the cats. I don't want to shoot it with a gun. I could put some food in the yard with a light on it and shoot it with a bow. Would it spray all over the place if I did that? If I use a live trap, will it spray? Any ideas?
(I can't feed the cats inside, they are not inside cats for good reasons).
Also, are there any signs that a skunk has been eating bees out of a hive?