Conservation officers help young skunk in distress in Utica

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Environmental conservation officers assisted staff of a Utica hotel in helping a young skunk that had an ice cream cup stuck on his head on Friday, Aug. 24.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said ECO Jeffrey Hull received a call from staff at the Hampton Inn stating that the skunk with the cup stuck on its head was running circles in the parking lot.  

When Hull arrived to the scene, he found a large crowd of hotel guests gathered, the DEC official added.  

Hull said he advised everyone to step back as he placed a towel over the animal and slowly removed the cup and plastic lid from its head.

The skunk sprayed as soon as it was freed and ran off unharmed, Hull said.

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