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.
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.
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
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 :eek: . 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.
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.
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.