July 31, 2008

Side Step - Pee-Yew! Skunk numbers up in Del Rio


Associated Press

The residents of this border town are facing a stinky and growing problem these days: skunks.

Eddie Ortega, the director of Del Rio's Community Health Service Center, said there's an unusually high number of the malodorous creatures running around these days.

"I'm not positive of the reasons behind this past year's infestation, but we have invaded their territory," he said. "Also, the heat and very little rain have probably caused them to be more active in order to find food."

The nocturnal animals are not all bad news: They keep rodents in check.

But still, Del Rio residents don't have to keep them around. The health service center is offering cages for residents to catch skunks. A worker will move them elsewhere.


Information from: Del Rio News-Herald: http://www.delrionewsherald.com

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