OMAHA, Neb. – Some property owners are taking extreme measures to keep Christmas tree poachers away.
Washington State University sprays its trees with an oily, odorous liquid produced by skunks. The grounds supervisor says the poaching stopped once the trees were sprayed with the stinky substance.
New York's Cornell University uses an 'ugly mix' to keep its trees safe. Gardeners at the school paint them fluorescent pink.
The National Christmas Tree Association says while no one tracks the number of thefts, they are believed to have increased because live trees are once again popular.