Caught a possum, don't want to kill it

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ncCHICKS, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last week we saw the little bugger, so we set out a humane trap. Just saw that we have him/her in the trap and I want to know how far I have to take it off in order for him not to return. About 3 miles from here there is a nicely wooded area with a small stream. Is this too close? I believe the possum has a right to life, but so do my chickies.
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    I would be sure and take it at least 10 miles because there range is more than 3 miles. You don't want it to return.
     
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Either destroy it or call your Fish & Game Department. Don't take it 10 miles down the road so it can become someone else's problem.
     
  4. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are a good person for not killing anything that you dont care for. It has as much right on this planet as we do. 10 miles is adequate, but do try to find a non residential area. the more remote the better.

    Good luck, and GOOD FOR YOU!!!!
     
  5. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in a country area, but I took the advice of someones post and called Fish and Wildlife. The farmers out here would just kill it. They are coming to pick him up [​IMG]
     
  6. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums are wicked [​IMG]
     
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Did they say they will make sure to find an area to release him where he will not become a nuisance again?
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    pips&peeps :

    Did they say they will make sure to find an area to release him where he will not become a nuisance again?

    They will most likely release it on a gameland.

    In NC, it's illegal to transport live wild game without permits, so it's not a good idea for individuals to do it.​
     
  9. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i used to catch and release all the time... good for you
    only 3 miles???? it will be back
    rodents (rabbit, rats, squirrels) MINIMUM 5 miles..
    coons and opposum MINIMUM 10 miles
    or they will be back...
     
  10. yab

    yab Out Of The Brooder

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    we caught a cat once, thinking it was a skunk.. dropped it off in the woods.. a week later, we found it in the yard.. animals can be very determined critters in returning to their home
     

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