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Something stinks in Sacramento.

Not just in the metaphorical sense. A faint but unmistakable sour odor pervaded the California State Capitol building on Friday afternoon - the legacy, evidently, of a wayward skunk.

A staff member's iPhone video showed the black-and-white critter flopping and skittering in the bushes outside the north entrance before animal control workers, armed with a net, apprehended the animal.

Because the fumigating occurred on a Friday, when legislators have generally returned to their districts for the weekend, it was the legislative staff that endured the malodorous matter. Naturally, some took to social media to air grievances.

"Ramifications are being felt throughout the Capitol," Rhys Williams, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wrote on Twitter.

PHOTO: A skunk roams around at Miller Park on Thursday, September 1, 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling.


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