First predator kill

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mrs.ChickChick, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Songster

    May 23, 2009
    North central Illinois
    We've had an oppossum living under our gazebo for quite some time. Since we're just finishing the coop and will be moving the 6 week olds out within the week, I insisted to DH we get a trap and get rid of the thing. Especially since the gazebo is about 20 feet from the coop.


    Something kept taking the bait and not tripping the trap. Last night we found out why. While we were working on the coop, it got dark and as I walked around the gazebo for something I saw some gleaming eyes. I didn't scream but sucked in my breath so hard DH thought I'd cut off a finger or something!

    We have at least 4 possum adolescents. Mother is MIA. Hopefully she's around and we can trap her. We dispatched of 3 of them last night. The remaining sibling wouldn't come out from under the gazebo (the smart one).

    First time I've ever shot and killed something. DH did most of the shooting. They looked kinda cute at first, but then I saw those tails, like rat tails. UGH. And I can just imagine what those sharp teeth could do to my little girls. So it was easier after that. Still felt a little sick about it though.
  2. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Possums are nomads and only stick around if their is a food source. Trap the remaining adolescent and take it to woods far away and let it go. It won't be back. That doesn't mean it won't be replaced by another possum.

    Hopefully mom took off to get away from her brood. If they are big enough to live on their own mom will leave them.
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Relocating wildlife is illegial pretty much everywhere, unless you are a state lisenced rehabilitator. Surely you don't intend for her to break the law and risk getting bit by an unknown animal?
  4. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    Quote:Um.... Dont do this. Kill them all, do not make them someone else's problems, and do not break any laws by relocating. Brindlebtch, looks like you are new, so I won't preach. Look up a few threads or in the search bar look up relocating predators.

    'Nuff said
  5. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    Eww I agree with you about Opposums. They are really creepy looking. Good for you though! [​IMG] You were very brave to actually kill without having your husband doing it. It is understandable to feel a little sick after taking a life, but with them being so close to your coop, it was only a matter of time before Momma started taking your chickens to feed her growing brood. [​IMG] I hope you feel better soon though and remember you did what you needed to do.
  6. Mrs.ChickChick

    Mrs.ChickChick Songster

    May 23, 2009
    North central Illinois
    I realize everyone has their views on whether to kill or relocate, but that isn't what I wanted this to turn into. Just wanted to tell of my experience.

    Our view is to kill anything that is threatening us/family/pets/property. We left it alone until now because it wasn't threatening any of the above. Now that we have chickens it's a different story.

    Oh, and they STINK! [​IMG] Must be urine or musk released when they're startled.
  7. sarahsark

    sarahsark Songster

    Mrs.ChickChick :

    Oh, and they STINK! [​IMG] Must be urine or musk released when they're startled.

    So... not only are they FUGLY, they stink too? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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