Do your hives stay out near a wooded area where skunks hang out? Next time you go out to check your hives and the bees are behaving just absolutely nasty, check them out. Does the population of the colony seem weak? Are there scratch marks near the entrance? There’s a pretty good chance that a skunk has been terrorizing your hive by scratching at the entrance and eating your bees. No wonder they’re so nasty. Gee thanks you striped punk.