Originally Posted by luvmychis
Originally Posted by cmom
If you catch it and going to release it, go further than down the road or it will be back. My coops and pens are very critter proof but recently I had seen tracks down by my barn and knew there was one around. I used the live trap because they are night time predators. I catch them and permanently relocate them. In the past I have lost birds to possums. Even though I am in a rural area I don't want to alarm the neighbors either even though they don't live very close they can still hear a gun shot and in the wee hours of the morning. People around here have guns and mostly on the weekends we hear them shooting.
Cmom, if that possom gets in the trap and I take it for a ride, it won't be able to return. lol Like you, most everyone around me has guns. It's better to take the offender away and dispatch him in the woods elsewhere. I was referencing an earlier response about taking it down the road. I can't contribute the possom to the food chain right here in the subdivision. I can go a short ways down the road and it's wooded enough that I can leave it there and let nature take care of it. Being the hard freezes we've been having, I'm sure there are animals that would appreciate a free, easy meal.
I did talk to our local Wildlife and Fish agency and told them of a problem I was having with skunks. A friend of mine was at our local donut shop one morning and heard that someone was catching and releasing skunks in our area. The place the skunks were being dropped off was about a mile down our road. (I found this out after the fact). One evening I went out to my grow-out coop to check it and to close the pop door. When I got over to the coop there was a skunk at the gate attempting to dig under it and the pop door was partially closed and some of the youngsters were still outside and couldn't get in. I attempted to scare the skunk off but it looked at me like I was crazy and stomped it's feet like it was trying to scare me off. I did go into the house and got my gun. The next day I met with the officer and he told me I could shoot the skunk that they weren't endangered. I put a live trap out and for several nights caught skunks. One night I even got 2 skunks in a live trap. I caught 13 skunks.
"Native nuisance wildlife may be released off the capture site if the release site is a minimum of 40 contiguous acres, located in the same county as the capture site, and the person releasing the nuisance wildlife has in their possession written permission from the landowner of the release site allowing release on their property. Nuisance wildlife may not be released on federal, state, county, local or private lands without written permission of the landowner."
I'm sure whoever caught and released the skunks in my are didn't have permission. Most of the properties in my area a 5 and 10 acre parcels with a few larger and smaller ones.