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Drowning Skunks as a Form of Euthanasia is Illegal in California

Drowning Skunks as a form of Euthanasia is illegal in California. The story of a man celebrated for the luring, capturing, drowning and freezing of 18 skunks in about a month created a buzz in Auburn from residents disturbed about the notion of bating and drowning what many consider smelly pests. Warden Patrick Foy with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the taking of nuisance animals that have done damage to property is permitted but drowning skunks as a form of Euthanasia is illegal in California since the first of the year.

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Warden Foy says there will be an investigation into the drowning.

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The new law, California Assembly Bill AB 789, regarding trapping states: certain actions relating to trapping are unlawful including killing any trapped mammal in accordance with this section by intentional drowning, called an unacceptable approach to euthanasia.

The Auburn Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Department of Fish and Wild Life. Auburn Police Chief John Ruffcorn will be appearing on the Noon News with Mary West and Mary Jane Popp on AM 950 KAHI to discuss the issue. 

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