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Thread: Possum sighting this morning.

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    Possum sighting this morning.

    On the way to work this morning, a momma possum (I know that it is opossum but I live in Tennessee and want to fit in) crossed the road ahead of me. she had at least 4 little ones hanging onto her back for all that they were worth. It was a cute way to start off another glum day.
    I've raised chickens for years and have never had problems with possums or skunks. Raccoons OTOH have been dispatched regularly.
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    There's no shortage of them here.

    Unless they're being destructive, I leave them alone.
    They eat a lot of bugs, and ticks seem to be a favorite for them.

    They can get rabies, but like in cats-- it's almost unheard of.
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    I've seen one already this year. Unfortunately, it didn't make it to the other side of the road. I usually leave them alone, too, unless they try to get in the garage.

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    I have one that visits my backyard bird bath for water about dawn every morning. I look forward to seeing him or her each day.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    My dog plays with them in the yard about every day. The growl at each other then she grabs it and gives a quick flip. Then she sits there and waits for them to get back up until she gets bored.

    Now on raccoons they die seconds after she sees them. Breaks their necks and leaves em for me to clean up.

    I do have an opossum on the half shell making holes in the yard I need to find one evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim147 View Post
    I do have an opossum on the half shell making holes in the yard I need to find one evening.
    A friend of a friend got themselves a weekender house out near one of the area lakes awhile back.
    They just bragged on all the nature, and cute wildlife in the neighborhood, until-----

    They pulled up one evening and saw a armadillo going through their prize flower beds like a earth moving machine.....
    Then, it wasn't cute little wildlife anymore...........
    For about a mile, you could hear the Mrs. screaming, "Shoot the devil"!!!!
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    You don't often see the words Possum and Cute in the same sentence ...
    Down here in Louisiana even the gung-ho Friends of Animals , you know the ones who think all animals have rights ... Don't give greasy , beady eyed possums any consideration at all .
    One advocate claimed possum were in a food group with Sweet-Taters and not animals that required love and affection ...
    I'm Cajun ... and will eat most anything ... but draw the line at the garbage can raiding possum ... No Way .

    Quick Joke : What do you call baby possums .... UGLY !!!

    Real answer: Male is a Jack , Female is a Jill and babies are Joeys ...
    I kid you not ... I couldn't make this stuff up !
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    Figures that they are Joeys as they are marsupials.
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    How many people does it take to eat a possum? Three. One to eat and two to watch for cars.

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    Years ago, I had a place that was over run with possums.
    I was investigating the possibility of eating one, but didn't know anything about them.
    So, I asked a buddy who was from from Louisiana.

    First thing he said was, "I'm a city kid. I don't eat that ****".
    I finally pried it out of him----
    He told of trying his Grandma's recipe for them a few years before:

    "I did everything she said. When I pulled it out of the oven,
    and saw its lips pulled back from them teeth holding the apple in its mouth---
    It looked so gross and nasty, I threw it in the trash--- pan and all".
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    I miss the days of my youth when we went possum kickin. Foggy early fall nights were hard to beat. Don’t see many where I live now. Skunks out number them about 10 ta 1. Monday morning on the way to work I spotted one for the first time in several months. Darn thing did a 180 after I had moved over half a lane (edit) to avoid it. Crows were enjoying it that afternoon on my way home. It was a nice silver. Silvers were a buck and blacks were a quarter back in my trapping days.
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    I think they are born on the road dead

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    Possum sightings are very common on my place and they get a pass, in fact, I'd go out of my way to protect one to a certain degree.

    Coons get shot if seen. Coyotes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
    Figures that they are Joeys as they are marsupials.
    But where did the " Jack & Jill " part come from ...
    ... Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water ...nursery rhyme + possums ???
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    3 times i have caught a possum in the hen house.
    multiple hens decapitated while the possum is munching on another.

    countless live trapping around the coops.

    i respect everyone's protocol on their property.

    here, possums around the livestock don't make it back into the woods.

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    somebody once told me "there ain't no 'possums in the Adirondacks".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gofaaast View Post
    I miss the days of my youth when we went possum kickin. Foggy early fall nights were hard to beat. Don’t see many where I live now. Skunks out number them about 10 ta 1. Monday morning on the way to work I spotted one for the first time in several months. Darn thing did a 180 after I had moved over half a lane. Crows were enjoying it that afternoon on my way home. It was a nice silver. Silvers were a buck and blacks were a quarter back in my trapping days.
    So you intentionally swerve to hit animals? SMHID.
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    Hate 'em.

    They come in the cat door at night, and leave green poop on the floor.

    Shot one in the yard. Had to leave immediately for the day, so left the carcass for the buzzards.

    Came home....there's another opossum chowing down on what's left of the first one. Gross!

    I'd sooner starve than eat one.
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    Any possum that is within a couple miles of the house or my parents place don’t live long. If you’ve ever seen or had a horse with EPM you’d exterminate them too.
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    I like opossums, I toss them some food and pet them when they wander in the yard.

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