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OFFICIALS SNIFF OUT SKUNKS BUSINESS.

Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer

A Lake Los Angeles woman was ordered to do 60 days of community service and fined $11,800 for illegally bringing skunks into California to sell, state Department of Fish and Game officials announced.

Using a name she found in an Iowa telephone book, Share Lynne Bond bought 10 baby skunks in Iowa in June for $60 each and was selling them for $350 each out of her home, the officials said.

Bond pleaded no contest Oct. 15 in Antelope Valley Superior Court to violating the California Fish and Game Code and concealing evidence, Fish and Game officials said.

It's unlawful to own skunks and other wild animals in California, Lt. Martin Wall said, and Los Angeles County does not allow keeping wild animals in residential neighborhoods.

``People who have them say they make great pets, and that may be, but here in California we're not allowing it,'' Wall said.

Six skunks were confiscated in June - and a seventh in July - after a tipster alerted authorities that Bond was planning to hold a gathering at her home to explain to purchasers how to care for the animals, officials said.

A baby striped skunk - a species native to California - was turned over to an educational facility that shows native wildlife to children. The others - all apparently bred in captivity, with odd colorings such as tan and bluish gray - were sent to a state where pet skunks are legal.

Authorities also confiscated two prairie dogs and an opossum.

``If you want an animal your neighbor doesn't have, a regular skunk would do. If you want to go one better, then you need a blue skunk or a tan skunk,'' Wall said.

Authorities were able to obtain a search warrant for Bond's home after getting the tip and staking out the house. They watched a man come out of the house carrying a box, which he looked into, then get into a vehicle and drive away, Wall said. Officers stopped the car and found a baby skunk inside the box. They found four other baby skunks and an adult skunk in another vehicle.

Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742

chuck.bostwick(at)dailynews.com
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