You might stinks!


  This is the mating season for skunks, and officials warn that this is the time of year that Loudon Wainwright II had it right...there will be a dead skunk in the middle of the road...and probably stinkin' to high high heaven.


  But Lyn Cuny of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation says before you trash the stinky skunk, think about what the animal does for you.


  "Keep in mind that if you do not like mice and rats and those really big cockroaches, then you should love skunks and possums and raccoons."


  Cuny says skunks eat their weight in this pests every spring and summer.


  This is the time of year that skunks are hitting the road...literally.  The next few weeks will see plenty of road boy skunks try to cross the road in search of girl skunks, and they frequently don't make it.


  Since skunks are nocturnal, you are more likely to catch a whiff of the down side of skunk love when you first get up in the morning.


  Five different species of skunks live in Texas, eastern spotted, western spotted, hog nosed, hooded, and the familiar striped variety.


  Unlike other animals such as deer which mate in the fall, the skunk mating season is in March because their incubation period is relatively short.  Each lady skunk will have a litter of little stinkers, about five to a litter, in May.


  Cuny says this time of year, it is important to remember that skunks want to make your home into their little love nest, and the last thing you want is to have baby skunks in your home come May.


  "Do the smart things, don't leave dry dog or cat food overnight, don't leave your garbage cans out there where skunks can get to them.  If you have bird feeders, don't leave your bird seed sitting around.


  Like most wild animals, Cuny says skunks will run away from you, but the smell lingers.