You ever think you're the only one who notices something?

It's funny, I was just thinking yesterday morning on my way to work, that there seemed to be an excessive amount of skunky roadkill right now. I live in a fairly rural area, so seeing roadkill isn't too uncommon, but seeing two or three skunks a day seems a bit much. Not all in the exact same spot, but kind of everywhere.

It's definitely made for a mildly unpleasant ride to work a few times. When you run into more than one freshly dead skunk in a 20-minute commute, it kind of sets your day off on a different foot. You know it's bad when start wishing you could see a dead porcupine for a change, just to mix it up a bit. And save my nostrils.

Turns out, a lot of people were noticing all the skunks.

While I've been seeing tons of roadkill, other folks are seeing more live ones in their yards. According to the BDN, one man has caught and released so many skunks in his yard, it's become almost a morning habit, right alongside coffee time. So why are all the stinky little critters out in such numbers?

Unlike the squirrel explosion of a few years ago, which was caused by a breeding boom following an abundant food year, these are literally just skunks doing what they do. They're digging around, looking to gain some weight before winter. They don't really hibernate per se, but they take it pretty easy and stay pretty quiet.

Luckily, it's not in their nature to stay in one place too long, so it'll likely all sort itself out as time goes on. By then I'll probably stop seeing as much stinky roadkill too. But in the meantime, we'll just have to deal with living alongside one of Mother Nature's more unpleasant companions.

 Maybe you could put a different kind of skunk in one of these Welcome Baskets?

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