BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Residents in Buffalo's Old First Ward have been complaining about the smell of skunk for months, and they recently discovered the skunks are being caught and killed in their neighborhood.
Laura Kelly, Director of the Neighborhood Association, has been complaining for months about the nasty smell of skunk wafting through the Old First Ward.
"I walk to work every morning and several times a week I'd be looking for a skunk on my sidewalk because it was that bad," she said.
Turns out, the odor was coming from an empty police station just block from Kelly's home. The skunks, which are trapped throughout the city, were being brought to the station and killed. Even standing outside the old police station, which is just steps away from a park, there is a faint smell of skunk.
Fillmore District Councilman David Franczyk said, "You don't want to deal with that everyday. I mean, you can't open your windows, you can't sit in your yard...that smell penetrates everything."
Franczyk says the controlled kill was necessary, to reduce the number of skunks in the city. He says the animals were euthanized in a humane way.
"The problem is you don't do that in a neighborhood," Franczyk said. "If they have a building far away from people that's where it should be done."
Commissioner Steve Stepniak tells News 4 the city is relocating the facility to a more remote and rural part of the city, which is good news for neighbors in the Old First Ward.
Kelly said, "I think that's wonderful. I hope they can find a place, if it does need to happen, where it's not going to disturb another residential neighborhood."
Stepniak says the former police station was used for about five months and was only meant to be temporary. For security reasons, he would not identify where the new facility will be located.
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