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Smell may discourage people from cutting trees

PULLMAN — The WSU Facilities Operations Grounds Department is spraying skunk spray on the evergreen trees on the Pullman campus.
This is done every year to discourage people from cutting down campus evergreens to be used as Christmas trees.  The skunk smell is not very noticeable when it is cold outside, but when the tree is taken into a warm house it becomes very noticeable, said Kappy Brun, grounds supervisor for Facilities Operations.
The number of campus trees cut down to be used during the holiday season varies from year to year, and despite the skunk spray, the grounds department usually finds a few every year.
People caught cutting down trees will be prosecuted and fined.

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