Originally Posted by psfred
It's a good time of year to judge your skunk population because between now and mid February skunks will be rutting. Skunks are distracted and travel a lot while looking for a mate. Thus like small children skunks often forget to look both directions when crossing the street. If you don't know what a road kill skunk looks like just roll your car window down and drive slowely while breathing through your nose.
Since skunks are territorial you are only cascading more skunks into your apiary by relocating skunks. You may even be starting a skunk chain reaction as one skunk displaces another and that skunk in turn displaces two or three more. It's like breaking a rack of billiard balls, you're sending newly homeless skunks fleeing in all directions. If you thin the skunk population however the remaining skunks have more resources available to them and that means they MAY leave your bees in peace. At the very least you wife will not force you to eat and sleep in the garage because of interactions with live skunks.
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