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Dodger Stadium's creature comforts beckon even to skunks

Some animals have been popping up at the stadium, whose Chavez Ravine location makes it an easy mark for creatures seeking food. But there's no skunk 'problem,' the team says.

Video of a skunk on a concourse recently at Dodger Stadium.

"Now playing second base and batting third, Pepe Le Pew."

In the Dodgers' fairy-tale season, even the forest creatures have started showing up at the stadium — particularly a posse of wild skunks.

And no, they don't stop at the security checkpoints. They don't stop for anybody.

In the last week, Dodgers staff says it has run across at least three of the critters, all on the reserve level near the top of the stadium. On Monday, a skunk scurried under the souvenir kiosk at Section 20, just after 6 p.m., an hour before game time.

Stadium staffers chased it with brooms, before boxing it and removing it from the stadium and relocating it in the hills. Yes, it fired a parting shot. The telltale musk lingered into the third inning and reached as far as the field-level seats in left field. The skunks have also been an odorable nuisance at the kiosks in Sections 7 and 60.

"When I'm here at midnight, I see whole families come in, mamas and papas, the whole bunch," one Dodgers employee said.

The team denies having a skunk "problem," and says that Monday's capture was an isolated incident.

But a walk around the stadium this week, from field level to the reserve level two sections up, found reports of at least seven skunk invasions since June, probably assisted by additional landscaping added during the off-season.

"See 'em all the time," a souvenir stand worker said.

"The Dodgers deny having a skunk problem," another worker was told.

"Oh, they do," she insisted.

In two of the incidents this year, the skunks actually ran into the stands, once on the field level and once in reserve.

"Some kid noticed it passing by and spotted its tail," a security worker said of one of the recent incidents.

There are no indications that the animals have found their way into food concession areas, the Dodgers say.

Instead, the skunks crawl behind the souvenir kiosks for a night's sleep, then are roused awake when the fold-out stands open.

"I sprinkled pepper around, and he hasn't been back," one worker said.

Stadium skunks: soon to be a Pixar movie.

Though only minutes from downtown skyscrapers and surrounded by acres of paved parking, Dodger Stadium is nestled in Chavez Ravine, making it an easy mark for critters in search of fast food.

In the past, the Dodgers have faced raccoon invasions of the outfield pavilion areas. Coyotes are occasionally spotted in the parking lot late at night, employees say.

In a game in 1994, a critter ran out onto the field, interrupting the game.

 

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