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Man faces fine after aiding trapped skunk

Man faces fine after aiding trapped skunk

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) -- A man who says he tried to give a trapped skunk a respite from the hot sun is now in a bit of a stink with the city.

Ryan Turner, 30, says that in July a skunk was caught in a trap on city property near his house. After it spent a weekend in the trap, Turner says he moved it into his yard and gave it some shade.

Police say the city-owned trap was reported missing.

Turner says he thought the misunderstanding had been cleared up until last month, when he got a summons to appear in city court.

He's been charged with criminal trespass and failure to appear in court. He faces a fine up to $652.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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