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Possum nuisance
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Palmira    Posted 10-03-2002 at 19:10:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a damn possum who has tripled in size since the first time I scared it away. It keeps coming into my patio trying to eat my parakeets. I keep them covered but it still gets on top of their covered cage. What can I do other than sleep with my blinds open and the patio light on? (I don't own a gun, nor do I want one). I am desperate and ready to set the damn thing on fire. HELP!


All this hoohaw over a possum    Posted 10-04-2002 at 11:26:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
just git some sweet taters and eat the sucker.


All this hoohaw over a possum    Posted 10-04-2002 at 11:26:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
just git some sweet taters and eat the sucker.


Ana-possums I know!    Posted 10-04-2002 at 09:25:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've got quite a possum problem here in MO, USA. I can't kill anything, so I have a "Hav-a-hart" trap that I use. I bought it at a feed store. Hardware stores sometimes have them. We have no animal control here in the country, so I put food in and trap them, carry them farther out into the countryside, and release them. So far I've removed five possums this summer! You'd better get rid of it before it reproduces!


Why?    Posted 10-05-2002 at 05:51:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why you dumping your problems on some one "farther out in the country?" Do 'em in and save us country folk the problem. If they bother you, they'll sure bother the next farmer. That's like dumping unwanted kittens or dogs on some guy just 'cause he's got plenty of room on his farmstead.


Red Dave    Posted 10-04-2002 at 09:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Either learn to live with it or be ready to kill it. Once they get used to looking on your porch for food, they will keep coming back.
I don't know about where you live, but here in PA. all trapped nuisance animals have to be destroyed due to rabies outbreaks. I'd try to get the game commission or whatever you have there to trap it and dispose of it.


Rickstir    Posted 10-04-2002 at 09:00:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why don't you want a gun? Someday it could be a bad guy coming in the door to get at you. Think it can't happen to you, cemeteries are full of folks that think like that.

I have possum trying to get at my chicks and ravage the vegetable garden. As far as my chicks are concerned, it it MY responsibility to protect them. I protect them from all threats, sickness, etc. and predators are a big part of that.

So far this year, posssum 0 me 3.


Craig H    Posted 10-04-2002 at 00:51:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
G'Day Palmira,
Joe K is spot on. We have Ring Tail Possums here, they are a native to Australia. We live in the city and get a visit each night. The Ring Tail I think is a vegetarian, but can still be a real pain. They chew the phone line, the cable tv line and one day they will chew the power line and then I think the chewing days will be over. The cages that Joe K mentioned are available on free loan here by our Local Government and I guess your local authorities have a similar system going. I'd be careful not to relocate them near annother farm or similar, because then you may be just dumping the same problem on someone else in the rural community.
Cheers.
Craig H.....


Craig H    Posted 10-04-2002 at 00:41:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
G'Day Palmira,
Joe K is spot on. We have Ring Tail Possums here, they are a native to Australia. We love in the city and get an evenning visit each night. The Ring Tail I think is vegetarian, but can still be a real pain. They chew the phone line, the cable tv line and one day they will chew the power line and then I think the chewing days will be over. The cages that Joe K mentioned are available on free loan here by our Local Government and I have relocated them in the past. But I'd be careful not to let them go near an apple farm or similar, not a good idea to share such problems with other folk in the rural community.
Cheers.


JoeK    Posted 10-03-2002 at 19:19:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Call your local animal control folks or a commercial critter gitter guy to bring a live trap.They can euthanize or relocate the fuzzy lil varmint.


Jerry MN    Posted 10-05-2002 at 05:54:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Heh heh does euthanize mean they make them young again?


Craig H    Posted 10-05-2002 at 08:21:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Jerry
I heard it was. Euthinaz-arake. Wish I was, diets don't seem to work.
Cheers


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