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Elmhurst man fined $25 for trapping and killing skunk

posted Feb 26, 2010, 6:09 AM by Jake Parrillo
Chicago Tribune

When Gerald Harsen walks at night with a flashlight, his Elmhurst neighborhood “comes alive with eyes looking back at you,” he said.

Many of those eyes belong to skunks. Too many of them, he believes.

“I grew up on a farm and I’ve always had the opinion there are certain critters I should not have to live with,” he said.

So, recently Harsen did something about it. He set a trap in his backyard, luring skunks with peanut butter and bread. On the morning of Sept. 30, Harsen caught one, grabbed his pellet gun and shot it dead. Then he…