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New Mexico Town's Plan to Trap Skunks Not Going So Well

Hagerman residents report seeing dead ones along most roads

(Newser) - Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early. Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says... More »

How Not to Get Rid of Skunks in the House

Guy uses a smoke bomb, burns the place down

(Newser) - Authorities say a man destroyed a suburban Detroit home while trying to use a smoke bomb to rid a crawlspace of skunks. The Detroit Free Press reports the man's attempt sparked a fire Monday that quickly spread from the crawlspace to the first floor. The fire eventually spread through... More »

Guy in Ebola Suit Rescues Skunk

Paramedic spotted distressed animal

(Newser) - Rescuing skunks isn't in paramedic Justin Mausz's job description—but he decided he had to act when he arrived at his Toronto-area workplace Sunday morning and saw one in the parking lot with a plastic cup stuck on its head. He donned full Ebola protective gear to help... More »

Smelly NYC Subway Find: 'Odor'-Able Baby Skunks

Cops rescue little stinkers from subway station, puns ensue

(Newser) - "Skunks are native New Yorkers," says a Parks rep in the wake of a potentially smellier-than-usual subway rescue. "They’re a part of NYC wildlife." Two NYPD cops pulled two baby skunks out of a Bronx subway station, prompting all the stinky puns out there from... More »

Man Shoots Girl He Mistook for Skunk

She was wearing a black-and-white Halloween costume

(Newser) - A 9-year-old western Pennsylvania girl is in a hospital after being shot by a relative who thought she was a skunk. The little girl was outside a Halloween party wearing a black costume and a black hat with a white tassel, the Beaver County Times reports. She was hit in... More »

Latest Pet Craze: 'Affectionate' Skunks

They're friendly and clean, says owner

(Newser) - Busby walks on a leash, “follows the kids around,” snuggles with his owner at night, and rarely stinks up the house. It’s an impressive feat—for a skunk. He’s one of some 2,000 kept as pets, the Daily Mail reports. “He’s incredibly affectionate... More »

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