Christmas tree thieves often raid the University of Minnesota campus, but this year they will find anything that looks like a holiday tree sprayed with skunk scent ordered from a West Virginia trapping store, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says. Why skunk? “Can you think of something worse?” asked grounds superintendent Les Potts.
Potts took action after losing seven evergreens last year to poachers. Christmas tree thieves have sawed down trees in the middle of the night for years; last year they lopped the tops off 18-foot trees that were 20 to 25 years old. Potts estimates the loss at $6,000 to $7,000.
After considering alternatives, the university decided to purchase skunk scent. Potts got a call from the purchasing department asking, “You spent $57 on what?”