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Why are there so many dead skunks on the road?

All those dead skunks are not due to mass suicide or disease. To understand why the roads are covered with dead skunks a little understanding of skunk biology is necessary.
The most common type of skunk in our area is the stripped skunk. These are common animals, but seldom seen since they are nocturnal. This means they do most their eating, drinking and reproducing after dark. During the day they sleep in underground dens or burrows. They eat almost anything from insects and worms to trash and pet food. Since they have very poor vision and can’t see for more than a few feet, they locate each other and food by their sense of smell. Most importantly,skunks are seasonally reproductive. After the first of the year, the increasing daylight and warming temperatures turns a little gear in their brains that tells them this is the season to reproduce. As spring comes around the weather warms up and there is a prolific bounty of insects and plants from which they can feed their babies.
So, skunks come out from their long winter slumber with a powerful appetite and an urge to make babies. It is these behaviors that puts them on the roads late at night. They are roaming about looking for a mate and something to eat. They are just doing their skunk thing, what comes natural, when along comes a car that they just can’t see and well, the rest of the story you know.

Winter at the LaFollette House

Video compliments of Frank Payne

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A Sunny Day in Jellico – Jan 27

Photo by David Graham

Towe String Road still Snow-Covered

Towe String Road in front of Woody's Market as of 8 am on January 11, 2011.

Submitted by Tim Knight