Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: Skunks and Chickens ... A Lesson in Private Property Rights!

Skunks and Chickens ... A Lesson in Private Property Rights!

Skunks and Chickens ... A Lesson in Private Property Rights!

Private Property rights are essential to real estate.  Included in the bundle of rights is the right to quiet enjo
Skunks and Private Property Rightsyment.  Regardless of the size of the property, everyone enjoys this right.  We’ve seen occasion, however, where larger parcels of land are mistreated by the public  Sometimes its trespassing, other times it is more flagrant.

The other day as we were leaving our house we saw a person stop by the road.  We thought nothing of it until we saw in our rear view mirror that she was pulling a cage out of her car.  We pulled over and walked back.  Her intention was to release a skunk by the irrigation ditch in our front field

Chickens and Private Property rights in NevadaYes, we live on 10 acres and, yes, it is rural ... people live nearby and so do our chickens and ducks.  We explained how the skunk will walk down the ditch to our home in the distance and feast on our birds all winter. 

We invoked God’s blessings on her for saving the baby’s life, and her well intended mercy act was taken to another venue saving 15 or so feathered lives, that's how many birds we lost last year to skunks and other predators. 

As a Property Owner, your front yard is no different than your kitchen when it comes to your Private Property Rights.  It is yours and nobody should use it without your permission whether as a trash receptacle, bedroom to camp in, or just to cut across the corner.  Whether you own a condo, 10 acres, or thousands, the Private Property Rights are the same and nobody should have them compromised because of the size of their front yard. 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLisa Wetzel • August 24 2011 10:41AM


Good morning Lisa,

I too have acreage, and a creek...I've never caught anyone, but I know that's where some of my adopted 4-legged children have been dumped.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 9 years ago

Goodness. Timing is everything in this scenario. All creatures have a place but your yard isn't this guys new domain.

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

When someone drops off a little creature that ends up on my front door, it makes me furious.  It's a way of passing off the caring of a helpless animal.  Makes it hard for me to give up any of them, but we find homes for them.  The little skunk you can keep.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 9 years ago

Lisa ... I have a few cats that resemble that remark!

Laura ... God has a reason for skunks ... just not my chickens!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 9 years ago

Kay ... So true!  I have a barn yard full of rescues ... Horses, goats, donkeys, chickens, cats ... people discard and never look back.  What I've come to understand is that the economic situation is contributing greatly to the "unwanted animals" ... or maybe I should say ... "the unable to support animals".

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 9 years ago

Lisa ... Private Property rights has ling been one of my soap boxes!  I just can't imagine what goes through some folks heads when it comes to using and abusing other people's private real estate.  We see some amazing things like the guys who threatened to shoot the owner of a large ranch property we were marketing, saying they had the owners permission to camp there, and all the while not knowing they were talking to the owner face to face!  Amazing!

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 9 years ago