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Village board determines town trapper can handle village infestation

— On Sept. 17 Elaine Toth, who lives on Tulip Street, reported to the trustees that proliferating skunks “are negatively impacting my property.” Earlier that month, Hiawatha Trail homeowner Christina Fadden Fitch wrote to the mayor to describe her neighborhood’s daytime encounter with a skunk “acting strangely.”

Such concerns have been voiced by Liverpudlians for decades.

Village officials often warn residents not to feed wildlife and to secure trash containers from intrusion by sharp-toothed carnivores.

Skunks destroy gardens and lawns, tear open garbage bags and sometimes spray pets and people. A subfamily to the weasel family, skunks can carry rabies and occasionally distemper.

In two separate incidents in April 2011, Liverpool Police officers shot and killed two skunks which had been behaving oddly in broad daylight. One animal was killed behind a house on Oswego Street, while another was shot a few blocks away on Sixth Street.

Twenty-one parking tickets issued

Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris informed the village board of trustees at their May 20 meeting that officers issued 143 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws during April. In addition, 11 warning tickets were issued for minor motor-vehicle violations.

Three arrests were made for driving while intoxicated, 10 traffic accidents were investigated and 21 parking tickets were issued.

Officers made 241 residential checks during the month while investigating a total of 303 complaints.

During April, LPD officers arrested 24 individuals on a total of 33 criminal charges.

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