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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Oneacre Homestead, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chirping

    May 25, 2011
    I know there is already stuff on here about opossums, but I went out to shut up my chicken run tonight and I saw one bigger than a big cat. It was unbelievably ugly and gross and mangy looking.

    Could I trap it? It was totally indifferent to the flashlight. Dh was not here or I would have sent him out there with a gun.
    Do you think they would attack a goose?
    Someone here said they can get through 2x 4 inch wire- could that be true?
    This thing was huge!!!!! I though I was in the fire swamp.

  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I have trapped quite a few over the summer.Put a trap where you saw it.Mine is placed at a hole in our fence(thanks ground hog) that many animals used to get into our yard..I baited with simple things like apples and carrots.
  3. darin367

    darin367 Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    i've caught possums in live traps using cans of tuna, or if they want chicken use chicken....... make sure you dispatch em, don't re locate....
  4. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chirping

    May 25, 2011
    Thanks - and dont worry! I am not planning to go on any romantic country drives with a giant rat!
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I catch most by hand and dispatch with foot or heavy wooden dowel (base ball bat). If night time facilites secure so oppossum can not get in, then oppossum can be allowed to live. What is done next is to limit what attracts them most, namely spilled food in ground. Otherwise you are constantly baiting them in and feeling compelled to kill.
  6. moetrout

    moetrout Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Milan, MI
    They sure are UGLY aren't they!
  7. I would try shutting up the pen earlier, then the opossum won't be a problem.

    Oh, and they are marsupials, not rodents. ;)
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012

  8. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Songster

    Feb 13, 2012
    spencer, tn
    i live trap possums, coon and skunks. and they all get a dirt nap

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