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Do skunks get accidentally killed?
Answer 1:

They do frequently get hit by cars, especially crossing roads at night. They don't have very good hearing or eyesight. People also set traps for them to keep them out of their yards. Trapped skunks may either be released somewhere else, or killed. But I have personally surprised skunks at least a dozen times while biking hard at night, and I've never been sprayed, so apparently skunks are picky about what they spray.


Answer 2:

Skunks are intelligent enough to avoid getting hit by cars usually, but not always, so they sometimes die by being run over. I'm sure other accidents kill them,too. I don't know what limits their population.



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