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Report: 2 chipmunks impaled with nail guns

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thurston County's Animal Services agency is investigating a report that two construction workers killed two chipmunks with nail guns at a job site.

Greg Bailey, the contractor for the project, said he fired the two young subcontractors Wednesday after he confronted them and they admitted shooting the animals with nail guns. Bailey said he was "just appalled."

The Olympian reports that photos of the dead animals were sent anonymously to Bailey, Animal Services and local media. Animal Services Director Susanne Beauregard says Townsend's chipmunks are on a list of protected species under Washington law.

Killing such animals is a misdemeanor.

She says she believes the chipmunks became pests after some of the construction workers began feeding them. Her agency was interviewing one of the young men Wednesday and also plans necropsies on the chipmunks to determine for sure what killed them.

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