We have lived in a rural setting in the Hill Country of Texas for over 20 years. Until recently we had not seen a skunk, live or DOR, on the five miles of country road we drive to our house, but we have seen three in the past year. There are three species of skunks here and they have been here all along, we smell their essences wafting in on the wind from time to time. We had not seen a ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) on the road in 15 years, but we’ve seen two this year. We mention this to illustrate the uncertainty and vagary of estimating mammal presence and population density on the basis of road driving.
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