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Old 01-21-2010, 06:17 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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At my Dad's house our biggest problem with the Opossums has been that they eat the cat's food and harass the cats.
On a side note, the story here in the south is that Opossums are "good eatin'" but that you have keep them confined and feed them corn until all the nasty stuff they've eaten passes....
Not interested in trying it, but that's what I've heard.
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I've only seen one around here...walked up on the deck while I was in the hot tub.
He took off when I tossed a scrap piece of wood towards him
Many states have laws against moving a wild animal to another area
They leave you no choice but to kill it
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The piece of wood in front of it's nose is a paint stir stick about 1-1/4 inch wide, just give you an idea how little it was. It was having a cucumber for breakfast.
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At my Dad's house our biggest problem with the Opossums has been that they eat the cat's food and harass the cats.
On a side note, the story here in the south is that Opossums are "good eatin'" but that you have keep them confined and feed them corn until all the nasty stuff they've eaten passes....
Not interested in trying it, but that's what I've heard.
Keeping food outside for pets is a poor practice. A better approach is to have a set feeding time and the bowls are picked up when its over. Animal trainers will tell you this also reduces competition among the pets and keeps one of them from over-eating.
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On a side note, the story here in the south is that Opossums are "good eatin'" but that you have keep them confined and feed them corn until all the nasty stuff they've eaten passes....
Sounds like another form of hog or beef.. :^) I'm not finding out either.. my wife would kill me if I tried cooking any game on or in her new stove.. That's why I have a grill... lol :^)
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LOL...that picture reminds me of a funny story. When I was a kid, I went to feed our chickens and when I came in the coop, there was a baby possum about the size of the one in the photo. It looked soft and really cute. I walked toward it (not sure if I intended on petting it or just getting a closer look) and it bared super sharp teeth and let out a surprisingly vicious growl!! I backed off and dropped any intentions of ever touching one LOL.
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Keeping food outside for pets is a poor practice. A better approach is to have a set feeding time and the bowls are picked up when its over. Animal trainers will tell you this also reduces competition among the pets and keeps one of them from over-eating.
True, we feed our dogs in a very set routine. My father on the other hand has 10+ outdoor cats on 75 acres of land- with the nearest neighbor at about 1/2 mile. He feeds at a set time but they come and go as they please...
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True, we feed our dogs in a very set routine. My father on the other hand has 10+ outdoor cats on 75 acres of land- with the nearest neighbor at about 1/2 mile. He feeds at a set time but they come and go as they please...
We had the same routine on the ranch in Mentone, except that we put the bowls out at the beginning of our supper and picked them up at the end of our supper.
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LOL...that picture reminds me of a funny story. When I was a kid, I went to feed our chickens and when I came in the coop, there was a baby possum about the size of the one in the photo. It looked soft and really cute. I walked toward it (not sure if I intended on petting it or just getting a closer look) and it bared super sharp teeth and let out a surprisingly vicious growl!! I backed off and dropped any intentions of ever touching one LOL.
Oh Yeah...but they sure look cute when they're babies!
I was barefoot in my garden one night about 10 yrs ago, and it looked like a big rock there, so I raised my foot to tap it & it (possum) moved just before my foot touched it. I screamed & ran LOL. Neighbors came out wondering why I screamed & to see if I was OK. I'm sure if I tapped it he woulda chewed my foot real good.
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They have a menacing hiss too or whatever you want to call it..
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Granny always had a good recipe for possum
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When a horned owl manages to carry off one of the youngsters from a litter, the young animal lets out this curdling scream-squeal which fads away as it is carried off into the night.
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Yeah, leaving pet food out is the biggest problem in getting too many opossum and raccoons around so I reformed my practices years ago.

I don't think killing opossum is a good idea unless really necessary. I found it necessary to kill one once as it had gone into my shop without me realizing it and it got very aggressive after I had walked by it. It was showing off those teeth and hissing and growling and scaring the living daylights out of me. It would not leave and really seemed like it would attack at any moment so I grabbed a nearby pole.....still wish there was some other way, but I sure didn't have time to do much pondering, etc. I never knew they could be so violent and would suggest keeping away from them whenever possible.

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The only real way to get rid of a possum without killing it, is to trap and relocate it. They make repellants and such but don't think they work very well.
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