PITTSBURG — PSU Nature Reach Director Delia Lister recently saw firsthand what effects littering can have on the local wildlife.

“I was called over to the nursing building because somebody had spotted a skunk that had a plastic lid wrapped around its neck,” Lister said. “So myself and Dr. Andy George in the Biology department covered it up and were able to cut it free.”

The skunk was discovered on campus Tuesday and released into a safer location later that day.

“I’m not in animal control or animal rehab,” Lister said. “I did this because I was there to help.”

The Nature Reach director encouraged citizens to throw trash into the proper trash receptacle, as well as recycle. Lister said it’s incredible how much trash she sees when she goes for a run along county roads.

“I know of a nature center that has a turtle that got stuck in those plastic six-pack rings when it was a baby, and the plastic constricted around the shell,” she said. “If people want to help, they can pick up trash on county roads or in their own neighborhoods because it affects wildlife all the time.”

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.