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.
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
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