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Animal control officers reacted to the stench at the Capitol by removing a skunk – not this one, seen in 2011 – on Friday.

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The Buzz: Skunk wrinkles noses of California Capitol staff

Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 11:12 pm

That smell at the Capitol wasn’t someone’s metaphor

Something stinks in Sacramento.

Not just in the metaphorical sense. A faint but unmistakable sour odor pervaded the Capitol building on Friday afternoon – the legacy, evidently, of a wayward skunk.

A staff member’s iPhone video showed the black-and-white critter flopping and skittering in the bushes outside the north entrance before animal control workers, armed with a net, apprehended the animal.

Because the fumigating occurred on a Friday, when legislators have generally returned to their districts for the weekend, it was staff that endured the malodorous matter. Naturally, some took to social media to air grievances.

“Ramifications are being felt throughout the Capitol,” Rhys Williams, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, wrote on Twitter.

Gina Knepp, manager for the Front Street Animal Shelter, said animal control workers captured and euthanized the striped visitor.

“Had it been a rural setting or down by the river we would not have removed that animal,” Knepp said, but the “high-traffic” nature of the Capitol changed the situation.

– Jeremy B. White

Worth repeating

“I should have been much more sensitive to the mood of what was going on, and I take responsibility.”

REP. DARRELL ISSA, Vista Republican, apologizing for cutting off a Democratic speaker at a hearing last week.

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