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Skunk attacks woman in Brown Canyon

Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 20:48:38-04

A woman was attacked by a skunk in Brown Canyon on Saturday afternoon, according to Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Department. 

Two hikers told authorities that a skunk began following them in the area before jumping on to one of the women. The woman was armed and fired several shots at the skunk. A third person arrived and shot the skunk which caused it to let go of the woman. 

The skunk was injured from the gunshot and an agent from USDA responded to take possession of the animal for disposition and testing.

The woman went to the Sierra Vista hospital for possible treatment and evaluation.