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Joliet has a problem with skunks

August 19, 2011 at 01:13 PM

The Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Skunks are stinking up parts of Joliet. 

Resident Doreen Swanson told the City Council she considers the number of skunks at “epidemic proportions.” Council members agreed with her, sharing their own skunk tales. 

Mayor Thomas Giarrante says one of his neighbors “saw an adult skunk and seven young ones walk right across their patio.” Another councilman said his dog was sprayed. 

The Joliet Township Animal Control Center provides trap rentals at $50 for five days. They’ll pick up any animals that are caught. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the state’s skunk population has doubled over the past few years. 

Licensed skunk trapper Leon Bilbrew of Joliet says this has been his busiest year in eight years. He says he expects his trappings to double to 120 this year.

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