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Old 07-17-2009, 05:44 AM
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This morning I notice a very large opossum waddling across my back lawn and made it’s way to the back corner. I grabbed a pair of binoculars to view it. Clearly I could tell it was a she and she was very much pregnant. In the pic below (sorry that’s the best pic I could take because I was all zoomed out) she is pulling apart a weed pill that is in it’s first stage of going to compost. She didn’t appear to be looking for food, she appeared to be sorting it out and spreading it about for possibly bedding??? This went on for about 15 minutes. Just to the left of her she could drag the straw type material under the pile of logs I have there and have a nice little shelter. But no, she turns around and walks inside my garden shed.....as far as I know she hasn’t come out yet.

My first reaction was to get the bow out and shoot it, but as it turns out she gets a bye she’s pregnant. So do I want her hanging around? I know full well she can’t live in my garden shed with her babies. Will she have her babies in my garden shed and then move them to a place that is nice and comfy? How long do the babies hang around for? If she and babies do live in my garden shed, how destructive are they and how much do they stink?

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Get rid of it - they will get in your trash, eat your dog or cat food, vegetables in the garden, may get in your attic and tear up your insulation. In other words, I don't see much value in a possum!
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North America's only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium until they are about 2 to 3 months old; then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months whenever they are away from the den.

Size of a cat; grey to black fur; black eyes; pink nose, feet and tail; black ears; and pointed nose.


Solitary and nocturnal: usually slow moving; when frightened and unable to flee may fall into an involuntary shock-like state, "playing 'possum".

Hiss or growl and show their 50 sharp teeth when frightened; but, in reality, they are gentle and placid— they prefer to avoid all confrontations and wish to be left alone.

Omnivorous: eats insects, snails, rodents, berries, over-ripe fruit, grasses, leaves, and carrion; occasionally will eat snakes, ground eggs, corn or other vegetables.

Adaptable; able to live wherever water, food, and shelter exist. At home in trees; uses its prehensile tail to help stabilize position when climbing— it does not, however, hang by its tail.

One of the shortest lived mammals for its size, typically 2 to 4 years. Killed by many predators: humans (and cars), dogs, cats, owls, and larger wildlife.
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shoot it, ASAP, if you leave garbage cans outside or have small livestock (chickens, etc). i am normally live and let live, but possums and coons will quickly move in to stay if there is food around and they are more than a nuisance

if you can't/won't shoot it, and you want it gone, trap it and relocate it
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shoot it, ASAP, if you leave garbage cans outside or have small livestock (chickens, etc). i am normally live and let live, but possums and coons will quickly move in to stay if there is food around and they are more than a nuisance

if you can't/won't shoot it, and you want it gone, trap it and relocate it



Easier to shoot or trap 1 now then 10 later.
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Oh I can shoot it alright and I'd have it for the table, but, not when she's carring and this far along. I don't know, but to me that just isin't cool....the critters are no big deal in these parts.

Garden, water, habitat, cat food ........ good thing I already have the live release trap. Pictures will follow in a day or so. Thanks
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Dang, I had this great plan for trapping the little deeper, but as it turns out my trap is inside the garden shed. Ah well I guess I've got to go face the little devil face to face......wish me luck!
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Why am I thinking Garett just cast a line and maybe a certain someone (that rhymes with Smurfer Whirl) will be biting soon.... ;?
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That's dinner and appetizers all in the same package!
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You can always play dress up with your dog Garett

And besides they will drink to much PETA is sending over investigator Mr M. Vick
What will the neighbors think! Crack whores next






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I shoot them every chance I get. I only do that to keep them out of my attic. Once the mama gets in there and has a litter or whatever you call them they will keep coming back to do it again and again. I've had a tough time getting and keeping them out of my attic.
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PS Marinate with crab boil, barbeque, and eat.
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I shoot them every chance I get. I only do that to keep them out of my attic. Once the mama gets in there and has a litter or whatever you call them they will keep coming back to do it again and again. I've had a tough time getting and keeping them out of my attic.
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PS Marinate with crab boil, barbeque, and eat.
Only a cajun would have a recipie for 'possum!!
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eat a possum ????? that is nasty those lil rodents are filthy animals .....
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Originally Posted by OneLuv1979 View Post
eat a possum ????? that is nasty those lil rodents are filthy animals .....
actually, no
they are neither rodents nor filthy
they are, however, an enormous PITA to get rid of once they find an area they like, and even moreso if they have had a litter

they "get et" all the time down here, and if cooked correctly is quite good

garrett once the mama gives birth she will get mean, mean, mean while the babies are in her pouch. you really dont want that around your house

i get them all the time trying to break in to my chicken coop, and get at the hens and the eggs. i bet i have shot at least a dozen in the past six months
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A lady who was shocked that I ate possum shouted, "They eat dead cows!" You should have seen the look on her face when I said, "You do, too."
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Why am I thinking Garett just cast a line and maybe a certain someone (that rhymes with Smurfer Whirl) will be biting soon.... ;?
Ya think?
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Just bang on the shed until it comes out a tear up and thing she trys to build for a nest and she will move on. Do not corner her in your shed as they have mouth full of sharp teeth. We get them from time to time and I just chase them away.
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All I can see is that creepy vine. It's everywhere. I've been fighting Wild Grape and Kutsu for years on my property. I went up to Long Island last weekend, and it was taking over my sister's back yard. I saw it all over the Island. Now it's in Scotland? Am I the only one who sees it?
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