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November 16, 2005 | Steve Lopez
When I confessed a few weeks ago that I had a bit of a raccoon problem in my garden and was buying coyote urine to repel them, I had no idea I had joined the ranks of some of the most exasperated and unstable people in all of Southern California. It turns out that from Santa Barbara to San Diego, homeowners are at war with raccoons living in their attics, under their houses and in their yards.
June 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Health authorities, faced with an unprecedented rabies outbreak in northern Arizona, have captured and vaccinated 114 skunks and declared the six-week vaccination program a success. Federal and local wildlife agents trapped 133 skunks. Of those, 114 were vaccinated and released and 19 killed to test for rabies. None was rabid. "We hoped to create herd immunity--just like we do with children's vaccinations," said Mira Leslie, a veterinarian at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
June 20, 2000
After intense weekend negotiations between residents and a homeowners association, the skunks and possums of a local neighborhood were saved from Monday's proposed trapping. The homeowners association board bowed to upset residents late Sunday night, agreeing to educate the community about living peacefully with wildlife. Several residents had passionately opposed the trapping, saying it would disrupt the animals' birthing season and could leave litters of motherless young.
Question: We'd love some information on skunks. This past summer I was in my backyard, and all of a sudden about 10 feet away, seven skunks appeared out of the bushes--a mom and seven babies--adorable! What should I do if I meet a skunk face to face? -J.S., Hacienda Heights Answer: If you run into a skunk "face to face," you should be able to read its body language. Skunks, like many other wild animals, would rather avoid a fight than engage in one.
September 3, 1992 | Associated Press
A company has been ordered to pay $100,000 because its plant generated an odor that complainers said smelled like a thousand dirty gym socks. County Court-at-Law Judge Hannah Chow imposed the fine after Eurecat U.S. Inc. pleaded no contest to charges of air pollution. The smell was "bad enough to keep people inside their homes and postpone barbecues," prosecutor Roger Haseman said.
June 25, 2006 | Steve Harvey
The Angels may have the make-believe Rally Monkey, but the Long Beach Armada is playing in a stadium inhabited by a family of real-life skunks. During the seventh-inning stretch the other night, with the Armada losing 2-1, the scoreboard flashed: "Rally Skunk Time!" Sure enough, the Armada erupted to score six runs and win the game. Possibly because they're associated with a winner, the skunks reportedly did not release any perfume.
July 30, 2001
I read the account of the skunk attack ("With a Skunk Around, Family Life Stinks," July 17) with amusement and remembrances of horror. About 18 months ago my husband, adult son and I were rudely awakened at 3:30 a.m. to the horrific smell of what seemed to be a chemical fire. The fire department quickly arrived in force. Imagine our embarrassment to hear, "Lady, you had a skunk!" My husband showered, dressed and went to church to sing in the choir. The choir members politely requested he go home, change, and shower again between the first and second services, which he did. Monday morning we were delighted to hear about SKUNKS, a volunteer organization run by Share Bond at (310)
You live in L.A., you know the smell of skunk. Like night-blooming jasmine, it is the smell of summer darkness, rank and funky, rising from somewhere beneath the oleander, from amid the stands of eucalyptus and jacaranda. A familiar smell, not unlike badly burned coffee, not unbearable, it is simply part of the landscape. Until your house gets skunked at 3:30 in the morning and you realize you do not know the smell of skunk, or anything else, at all.
September 10, 2000 | JOHN McKINNEY
The namesake redwoods are obviously what draw Americans to this rather lightly visited national park, but it is the region's spectacular coast that prompts many to return. Dramatic, fern-draped bluffs, hidden coves, tide pools and wilderness beaches are linked by a 40-mile length of the California Coastal Trail. Surely the most enchanting length of Redwood National Park's coastal trail is that along Skunk Cabbage Creek.
June 20, 1993 | Researched and written by Sharon Moeser / Los Angeles Times
It was 50 years ago this month that Lockheed and its renowned aeronautical engineer Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson promised the U.S. Army Air Forces they would build a prototype for a jet fighter in 180 days. World War II was raging as Johnson brought together a team of 23 engineers and 105 production people to design and build the XP-80. They worked under an order of absolute secrecy in a well-guarded shop building and circus tent-covered production area on Lockheed's Burbank facility.
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