Ask Chris: I Found a Dead Skunk. Is There a Deceased Animal Hotline?

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The stinker may have sent forth its last spray, but the odor of its lifeless body will only get worse. A call to 800-773-2489 brings a Bureau of Sanitation truck to your home within 24 hours. The sealed vehicle picks up and delivers the woodland creature to West Coast Rendering in Vernon, where it joins butcher discards and the roadkill picked up between Bakersfield and the Mexican border. The remains are used to make, among other things, skin creams and biofuels. Ah, the circle of life.

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