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Old 01-06-2009, 03:40 PM
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Catching it/them and driving it out to the country is probably the best bet.
Note: if you trap and move a 'possum yourself, make sure to use plenty of some kind of disposable barrier, e.g. newspaper, between the trap and anything you wish to continue to own, such as the interior of your car. Possum poop is shockingly stinky and sticky. That shit is supa-skank.

BTW, despite what some might think after looking at the site Daffyd linked, there is no immanent paucity of 'possums. They, like coyotes, raccoons, and brown rats, have adapted all too well to urban environments, and are a "species of Least Concern" endangerment-wise. While they are indeed valuable scavenger-predators and part of the Circle of Life, and while they are as deserving of humane treatment as any creature, we are in no danger of running out of the little bastids.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:41 PM
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No suggestions, but I thought your thread title would make a great country song.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:49 PM
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Maybe y'all just live in a place that has nice, friendly possum-wossums, but around here, ours are mean, aggressive and nasty. Wouldn't be surprised to see one picking its teeth with razor wire....except I don't think they're anyways near that clean.

I once lost a beloved pet cat to a possum that just eviscerated him in one swipe. They grow quite large and fearless--of dogs and people both. My husband once faced off with a big one in the back yard who was not the least bit fazed by either my husband or the big stick he was shaking at him. So for all those telling you that possums aren't aggressive and should be welcomed into the fold as handy helpers who keep your backyard free from small rodents.....well, I'd rather have the rodents.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:20 PM
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I live right below you. I've never seen them vicious, not that I doubt you. Maybe there's something in the water down here.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:24 PM
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Really? Honestly?

One of your neighbors has a gun and will be more than happy to prove his manliness by disposing of a possum for you.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:27 PM
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A couple of years ago I had a girlfriend I could not talk out of leaving out catfood for strays. Eventually, we got a Raccoon, which I named "Coony." I'd be practicing my guitar or smoking the hookah with my window open and sure enough, right at 10:00 every night I'd hear *munch* *munch* *munch*

I'd slowly peeeer out the window, look down, and there was his fat little self chowing down on catfood. So I'd go get this big 6' shower rod I kept near the door, throw it open and yell HEEEYAAA, and chase the little thing, half naked and barefoot, for a quarter mile, poking him with a huge metal rod the entire way, until he found a tree to run up. We kept that routine up for about a month before he finally went away.

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:28 PM
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Maybe we just grow them hard-bitten and cantakerous up here, whereas down South, you all have much nicer-mannered vermin. Maybe you have Deep-South-gracious possums who invite you to share in a mint julep out on the verandah, and ours are mean-as-a-snake hillbilly possums with a three day drunk goin' on and an itchy finger on the shotgun.

I dunno.

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Old 01-06-2009, 05:08 PM
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Maybe we just grow them hard-bitten and cantakerous up here, whereas down South, you all have much nicer-mannered vermin. Maybe you have Deep-South-gracious possums who invite you to share in a mint julep out on the verandah, and ours are mean-as-a-snake hillbilly possums with a three day drunk goin' on and an itchy finger on the shotgun.

I dunno.
So what you're saying is that up North, even the critters are rude. Good to know.

My first instinct on reading the title was "Eh, it's a possum. The dogs'll run it off. Or hell, she's got setters. They might kill it instead." Evidently, however, her dogs are bigger, squishier wimps than mine are--our 55# shepherd killed one in the yard one night and neither of us had any idea until we found the corpse on the patio the next day. While I wouldn't send an 8# cat against a possum, there's really not a terrible lot of damage one can really do against dogs the size of the OP's. Scrapes on the feet and legs are by far the most common injury incurred in scraps with possums.

Possums are vicious bastards when cornered, but by and large they're not going to launch themselves at you or anything. (Of course, all bets are off with the behavior of rabid wildlife, but possums are not huge rabies vectors.) So I wouldn't worry about letting the dogs out, really. Especially during the day; possums are nocturnal.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:09 PM
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I am sure some will disagree but here goes. DO NOT call animal control. Depending upon where you live, Animal Control's job is to control domestic animals, not the wild ones. They will punish you if you hurt the opossum and they will quarantine your dogs if they believe your animals have interacted with the opossum in some way, because of the threat of rabies.
Maybe I'm stupid, but I don't see the problem with this. No, scratch that; I see why you'd be vexed at being separated from your dog, but I think it's worthwhile. Opossums CAN carry rabies, and rabies can be transmitted to other dogs and to humans. A quarantine of a few weeks to determine whether your dogs are infected is quite reasonable. Rabies is rare not merely because of the vaccine but because of aggressive measures such as those you decry.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:15 PM
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I guess California possums make for happy possums. Maybe they get into the neighbors ganga, but I just grab 'em by the tail and toss 'em out of the yard. They come back saying "dude, what was that all about?"
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:16 PM
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Hey, as ugly and toothful as the adults are, the babies are cute.


Ha! Mongo straight!
Don't judge a book by its cover. I once found a baby possum and the crows were eyeing it so of course I took pity. That little shit just hissed and spit at me and tried to intimidate me with all his teeth the whole time I had him (about six hours). He was only the size of a hamster and at first I thought he was cute, but after his horrid angry personality emerged I changed my mind. He also had this excrement that REEKED. Not that excrement is supposed to smell like roses, but this was something out of this world. The stench emanating from that little shoe box I put him in was enough to make you pass out.

Funniest thing was I didn't know what to do with him so I called Animal Control thinking they'd tell me to get lost. But no, they rushed right over to pick him up and take him to a "possum sancturary". Only in California.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:49 PM
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We had a couple of possums move in under our house last year. Didn't do any damage, but they drove our dog crazy, so I rented a live trap from the local Hertz rent-all place and baited it with dog food. Cost $15.00 for a weeks rental, IIRC. Relocated the little critters out to the country. No muss, no fuss.
Be sure to get one with a carry handle, however. You don't want your fingers sticking through the bars of the cage. And put plenty of newpapers down to set the trap on.

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Old 01-06-2009, 05:52 PM
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'possums aren't a great threat of rabies on accounta their low body temperature kills off the virus.

I say let your doggies enjoy their new chew toy.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:33 PM
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Opossums CAN carry rabies, and rabies can be transmitted ... to humans.
Not ME, Sir! I received the vaccine after being bitten by a raccoon over a cat food altercation (something to bear in mind for the OP). Being bitten rescuing a lost dog (No Good Deen Goes Unpunished) I was tested and shown to be immune. My body is still producing anti bodies for rabies.
I can go into the woods and wrestle those 'coons and Missouri 'possums bare handed! Mu ha ha ha....

sorry.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:39 PM
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One of Mrs. Plant's GSDs killed a young 'possum, apparently without difficulty. I don't think it would be a threat to a dog.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:28 PM
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Opossums CAN carry rabies, and rabies can be transmitted to other dogs and to humans.
They CAN, however as noted they are highly resistant to it. They might be the least likely North American predator to transmit it to you. Based on several years of data in Texas, the chance of carrying rabies:

Skunk - 1 in 3

Bat - 1 in 10

Feral Dog - 1 in 100

Cat - 1 in 200

Opossum - 1 in 854

The numbers are going to vary by region ( rabies is a lot less common in some locales ), but regardless opossums seem to be pretty low risk, relatively speaking.

Not that I recommend hugging them or anything .

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:36 AM
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Maybe we just grow them hard-bitten and cantakerous up here, whereas down South, you all have much nicer-mannered vermin. Maybe you have Deep-South-gracious possums who invite you to share in a mint julep out on the verandah, and ours are mean-as-a-snake hillbilly possums with a three day drunk goin' on and an itchy finger on the shotgun.

I dunno.
Trust me, the South Carolina possums are assholes. I don't know if they got genteel types down in the Lowcountry, but here in the businesslike Midlands they'd as soon shit in your mint julep as look at you. And probably bite your nice mint julep cups.

Now I want a mint julep. My boyfriend makes lovely ones.
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:10 PM
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Trust me, the South Carolina possums are assholes. I don't know if they got genteel types down in the Lowcountry, but here in the businesslike Midlands they'd as soon shit in your mint julep as look at you. And probably bite your nice mint julep cups.
Bah!

You just need a pet opossum to get over your aversion. Just imagine it - its prehensile, rat-like tail curling affectionately around your throat, while it nuzzles you with its angular, toothy mouth and stares lovingly at you with its empty, beedy black eyes. You can call him "Cottonball, Devourer of Souls."

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Old 01-07-2009, 12:25 PM
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I used to shoot them.
Then you all convinced mer they were good for the environment.
I trap and deport them.

Now I think I will go back to shooting them.

The never ending change of change.

The hunting dogs are getting turned loose again. I'm getting real tired of them tearing things up around the place. Fish & Game could do something about it but ...... I'm starting to get cranky and that does not bode well for the poor dogs....

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Old 01-07-2009, 12:49 PM
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Bah!

You just need a pet opossum to get over your aversion. Just imagine it - its prehensile, rat-like tail curling affectionately around your throat, while it nuzzles you with its angular, toothy mouth and stares lovingly at you with its empty, beedy black eyes. You can call him "Cottonball, Devourer of Souls."
That website goes into great detail as to why, as adorable, sweet, and swoogy woogums as they are, possums do not make good pets and if you JUST HAVE TO HAVE ONE, you should try to foster one from a possum rehabilitation place that can't go back into the wild.

You know, just for when you decide to raise vermin.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:10 PM
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Thinking back on it now, my possum problem started around the same time I had a snail problem. Those fuckers exploded all over and were chewing up my garden. It was gross on cool damp foggy days when the snails were all over and you couldn't walk out the door without that disgusting crunch, crunch, crunch of smooshed snails underfoot. A family of possums moved in and cleared out every darn one of those snails, which was very helpful. Unfortunately, they also got wiff of the cat food inside the house and really wanted some of that.

But they were really beneficial at clearing out snails & slugs. Once they snuck in the house and left their scent, my cat refused to walk on the floor and started levitating around the house, which was amusing.

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:32 PM
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Once they snuck in the house and left their scent, my cat refused to walk on the floor and started levitating around the house...
Good call, cat! ::holds nose::
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:40 PM
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Good call, cat! ::holds nose::
Oddly, in contrast to others' experience here, I never smelled a thing. My sense of smell isn't good though, but my roommate didn't smell anything either. I've had possums crap on me when I picked them up (they love to do that), but still didn't smell anything in particular. Cat sure smelled 'em though.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:52 PM
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Oh, one just walked through my yard one night (I was pulling into the driveway and saw it lumber over the fence - not a particularly graceful animal, the possum) and my dog followed that path from fence to fence for HOURS. sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff, ad nauseum. I couldn't get him to come in - I had to fashion a primitive lasso out of something or other and sneak close enough to noose him.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:12 PM
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Oddly, in contrast to others' experience here, I never smelled a thing. My sense of smell isn't good though, but my roommate didn't smell anything either. I've had possums crap on me when I picked them up (they love to do that), but still didn't smell anything in particular. Cat sure smelled 'em though.
I propose that you were interacting with a disabled 'possum, possibly one born without normally functioning anal glands. Poor lil' differently-scented 'possum. Your cat was clearly sparing its feelings.
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:23 PM
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A couple of years ago I had a girlfriend I could not talk out of leaving out catfood for strays. Eventually, we got a Raccoon, which I named "Coony." I'd be practicing my guitar or smoking the hookah with my window open and sure enough, right at 10:00 every night I'd hear *munch* *munch* *munch*

I'd slowly peeeer out the window, look down, and there was his fat little self chowing down on catfood. So I'd go get this big 6' shower rod I kept near the door, throw it open and yell HEEEYAAA, and chase the little thing, half naked and barefoot, for a quarter mile, poking him with a huge metal rod the entire way, until he found a tree to run up. We kept that routine up for about a month before he finally went away.
You wouldn't have happened to YouTube that, would you? I'd pay good money to see that...
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:22 PM
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Buy a slingshot, & snipe at him.

He'll get the message quick, & you needn't use ammo big enough to do serious injury
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:39 PM
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Although they're the America's only relative to Koala Bears, they are, seriously, nasty creatures.

That doesn't mean I believe in their indiscriminate killing, they're just not nice.

Back in the day, we would just shoot them with a shotgun. Now, I live in an urban area, so we have to depend on animal control.

My in-laws had a dachshund who went after a possum and killed it, but it almost killed him. It took almost a year for him to recover from the wounds and soft tissue damage.
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:57 AM
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Possums are mean, and snarly, FULL of large pointy stabby, gnashy teeth.

That said, when we had a large one snorfuling about the yard I didn't feel comfortable with killing it either.

This made my girlfriend mad however, she wanted to try out her new crossbow.

We first tried chasing it off with a hockey stick and a snow shovel. The farthest we got was the fence, whereupon it climbed up said fence, flipped us off, and sat there for two full days snarling whenever anyone would get near.

We poked it off the fence to the other side with the hockey stick.

It climbed back on.

Did you know possums can spit?

Me either.

Apparently they can, and when my gf got a face full of possum phlegm while it was mid-hiss she was really REALLY pushing for the Shis-ka-bob with a crossbow option.

Our compromise was to take the aforementioned hockey stick and knock it into a large plastic trashcan with a lid which we bungeed shut for a 20 mile drive to a wooded area.

This was actually a mistake.

Apparently, PLASTIC trashcans are not up to possum containment. I guess we should have figured that when we took note of his big scary teeth.

We had loaded the Can-O-Possum into the back of our SUV braced so it couldn't fall over. The first 10 minutes of the ride was noisy as we heard the possum scrabbling around in the plastic can. Then we heard nothing and we had though he settled down for the ride. A few minutes go by and my GF glanced in the rearview to change lanes. She went white and breathed in the highest voice I have ever heard her muster, "Holy F**k!, the possums out!".

I whipped around in my chair just in time to see the possum delicately balanced like a tight rope walker on the bench seat in the rear.

I've been in some pretty hairy situations before. I've been surrounded by a forest fire, slipped and fell off a cliff, been robbed at gun point, worked at Wal-Mart during Christmas, but nothing, NOTHING prepared me for the butt-puckering wave of fear that broke over me when that possum opened his mouth to show me his collection of Ginzu knives while he gave a low menacing growl about three feet from my face.

I had the door open and was out standing on the other side of the ditch at the side of the road before my GF got the truck in park. I don't think I actually touched the ground either. I am pretty sure that I actually took flight in my journey from seat to freak out zone 20 feet away.

My GF joined me and we pondered what to do. We had left both doors open, so we kind of thought that the beast would make his escape in a relatively timely fashon.

Ten minutes later after about the three-hundreth time my gf said "You shoulda let me shoot it" a state trooper pulls up behind our truck. When he came over to ask why there were two women glaring at an SUV parked on the side of the road, running, with it's lights on and the doors hanging open his first words upon hearing our exclamation were, "Ohhhh.... that's bad.", and he actually put his hand on the butt of his gun and backed a step away.

He went to go look for something to either corral or drive out the beasty. After several minutes of searching in the trunk of his squad he finally comes striding back triumphantly with, of all things, an ice auger.

We were luckily saved from what he planned to do with said ice auger with the sudden appearance of yon snarly opossum leaning out the passenger side door. He ungracefully scrabbled out and with a final hiss made his escape into the underbrush.

The trooper bid us a chuckled adieu while we went to survey the damages. In a way I guess we were lucky. There was only a few small rips in the fabric of the rear seat, and a sizable chew hole in the trash can. However, we were most astonished at the sheer mass of poop an animal that size was able to turn out. I don't think I could have gotten more poop outta him if I picked him up and wrung him like a dishcloth.
The poop was spread far and wee. Our trusty SUV ahd become a poop wagon. Little wet sloppy puddles of possum dung festooned the floor, the seats, the BACK of the seats, even the DASH. The was actually a wet drippy runnel down the shift knob. That little bugger really TRIED to make a statement.

I was rather unprepared for the sheer atrocity of the smell. I know may people can describe scents likening them kin to the fresh effervesence of rotting corpses or mouldering piles of used sanitary pads ripening in the sun, but this was quite firmly unadulterated grade -A POOP. With Capital letters. Hell, you could practically see visible smell rays shooting out into the night. I suppose though if Pure Evil is gonna take a crap, it is going to make sure it counts.

It was wet, it was green, and it had the viscosity of hot caramel sauce. Have you ever tried to wipe up reeking possum caramel sauce with a handful of take out napkins and three dirty gym socks?

Let me tell you, it is quite the experience.



Next time?

Metal Trash Can. Wrapped with chains, and kevlar... and barbed wire...

Hell, next time, she can bring the crossbow as backup.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:50 AM
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Possums are bastards. They opened up my cat. I would smoke it at the first opportunity.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:19 AM
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Possum update: I have not seen hide nor hair of him since the morning he was sitting on the fence. The dogs are no longer going ballistic, so I am HOPING he has moved on to more possum friendly digs.

He kind of took a back seat in my mind because I came home from work Tues. night to find that my furnace had gone out. It's always something.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:01 AM
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That's a great story AquaPura.

They are nasty looking creatures. I opened my front door one early morning to find one in my recycle bin. Scared the bejeezus out of me. But he ambled off after I made some threatening noises and I never saw him again.

Glad yours seems to be gone with no bloodshed.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:13 AM
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I opened my front door one early morning to find one in my recycle bin.
They love milk. They used to drag my milk jugs out of the recycling bin and I'd find them chewed to pieces behind the house.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:21 PM
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Next time?

Metal Trash Can. Wrapped with chains, and kevlar... and barbed wire...

Hell, next time, she can bring the crossbow as backup.
Best opossum story I've ever heard .
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:26 PM
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I opened my front door one early morning to find one in my recycle bin. Scared the bejeezus out of me. But he ambled off after I made some threatening noises and I never saw him again.
Does screaming like a little girl count as a threatening noise? If it does, then I'm covered if an opossum ever shows up in my yard.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:42 PM
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Maybe I'm stupid, but I don't see the problem with this. No, scratch that; I see why you'd be vexed at being separated from your dog, but I think it's worthwhile. Opossums CAN carry rabies, and rabies can be transmitted to other dogs and to humans. A quarantine of a few weeks to determine whether your dogs are infected is quite reasonable. Rabies is rare not merely because of the vaccine but because of aggressive measures such as those you decry.
The problem is that animal control has no way of knowing if the 'possum or whatever has rabies unless they can capture it. Therefore, if you call AC and tell them that your pets interacted with a wild animal then you pets must be quarantined for 6 weeks. So if a wild animal comes near my yard more often than once every 6 weeks, as is the case, then my dog would be quarantined for life.

Even the most urban home has squirrels, bats and mice. Give it a try: call AC and tell them that your pet got in a fight with a squirrel. Yes, safety would suggest that a pet always be quarantined for 6 weeks at this point and so AC needs to do that when they know about it, but that just isn't realistic. Note that when I say quarantined I don't mean that they take the pet; I mean that the pet is not allowed off the property and non-family humans are not allowed on.(!) This is in Northern VA.
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:14 PM
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They love milk. They used to drag my milk jugs out of the recycling bin and I'd find them chewed to pieces behind the house.
In my case it would have to be beer - I can't remember when I last had milk in the house.
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The problem is that animal control has no way of knowing if the 'possum or whatever has rabies unless they can capture it. Therefore, if you call AC and tell them that your pets interacted with a wild animal then you pets must be quarantined for 6 weeks.
What if your pet has been vaccinated for rabies? I'm pretty sure that in NC no quarantine is required if the shots are up to date.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:40 PM
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This has got the be the funniest damn thread I've read in some time.

...I really need to get out of the house more often...
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I still wanna know what the trooper thought he was going to do with an ice auger.....
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:38 PM
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Possums and dogs

I had the same problem. Possum hissing and trying to get near my dogs. Fortunately, my county allows shooting the problem. Otherwise that possum was going after my pups. Simply put, I had to dispatch. Those rodent won't leave and become a painful niuisance. Just check the code where you live to see if you can shoot it ourself. If not what other options you have such as trapping it and having it removed and relocated . They will never leave on their own
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:43 PM
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They will never leave on their own
Ahem.

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The opossum lifespan is unusually short for a mammal of its size, usually only two to four years
It's probably gone now, one way or another.
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Wow, a Playing Dead Thread.



We need an opossum smiley, with lots of teeth.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:31 AM
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Possum trouble

I have the same problem well ..... kind of. Today when I woke up my dog was barking at the glass door I thought "it's a cat". Then after another 10 minutes of them barking I finally get up and look out the glass door. There was a huge possum drinking my green pool water . Next thing I know it starts walking up to the glass door. Like anyone I get up and grab my camera because in Florida you don't really see possums in your yard. My grandmother wakes up and decides to grab her camera. We took pics but she decides he looks cold let's give him a blanket. The thing growled at her I'm telling her not to but she doesn't listen to me. So now we have a possum in our backyard and we have no idea what to do. I looked up animal control but my grandma want's to wait to see if it leaves. Will it leave ? I think it's cozy where it is and might think hey lets stay. Also if it doesn't leave who should I call besides animal control because I hear that they KIll them and I don't want it Dead but Gone. God Bless you all and have a awesome week.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:21 PM
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I live near a bayou in Houston TX, so we see lots of Opossums in the yard, but not nearly as many as when I lived in Carlsbad, CA. Carlsbad is next to a huge marsh, and I saw Opossums and Raccoons nearly on a daily basis when I lived there. They will fight a small dog or cat, but a big dog will usually shake them like a toy and kill them. The slingshot idea sounds like the best advice. If you pester them enough, they'll move on.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:29 PM
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zombie or no

let the dog out.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:31 PM
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HeavenlyRose, I'm sorry, but you lost me at "He looks cold, let's give him a blanket."
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:35 PM
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My grandmother wakes up and decides to grab her camera. We took pics but she decides he looks cold let's give him a blanket. The thing growled at her I'm telling her not to but she doesn't listen to me. So now we have a possum in our backyard and we have no idea what to do.
Did I read that right? You gave him a blanket!? That's hilarious!
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:53 PM
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I knew this was a double-zombie, but I read the whole thing anyway. Hysterical!!

HeavenlyRose, hopefully it will just go away on its own. Make sure there are no food sources in your yard, and no more blankets. Your grandmother, what a sweetie.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:39 PM
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Zombie or not, possums are target practice fodder. We tolerate the skunk family that lives in the forsythia patch because they are great at eating insects and stuff like that, but once the barn possum died [he was actually friendly, we think he had been a dumped pet. He got along with his little life and left us alone. But then again our barn was effectively empty for the first few years we lived here. We didn't start getting animals until '95] Coons and possums get shot and dumped back in the woods.
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