Getting Rid of Possums in the Yard

I had a flashlight on an opossum and it came to me. What do I do? I was outside with a flashlight and I saw what I thought was a big cat, but when I put the light on it, it started to come to me. When I ran to my door it was at the side of the house; it was a opossum and it looked at me.

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By Dannilea S.

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May 3, 20140 found this helpful

Well I hope he moved on. Possums are not aggressive usually. He may have been confused by the light. In my own experience they arent afraid of people either. When I run across them they usually just keep on doing what they are doing and ignore me. There is one rare possibility to worry about. If a possum looks sick or is foaming at the mouth, or is aggressive to you, it may have rabies and you should stay away and call you state fish and wildlife department.

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May 3, 20140 found this helpful

They used to be part of a certain section of the country, but here in MN, we have seen them as well. One was on my patio in town, had my dog out late at night to pee, on a leash. She got angry about something in the yard, which started hissing, etc.

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I grabbed the leash and pulled dog to the house quickly, grabbed the baseball bat, not knowing what was in front of me. Saw it was the possum. Talked to the DNR and also the vet. That thing could have mauled my large dog to pieces. So, if you live in town, consult your local animal officer or the police.

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May 4, 20140 found this helpful

I had one house (in the middle of a small town) that was vacant for a year and a possum set up house keeping in the back yard. When my son started cleaning up the possum would show up every night but generally did not cause a problem as there were no small animals or children around. One night the possum tried to attack my son and he realized she had babies. He called every department in city/county government for assistance or just help in what he should do.

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No one could give him any help except to tell him they could/would not help him.
Their advice was to call a private company to catch the possum. He ask how much these companies charge and was informed their charges usually started at 75.00 and went from there according to how long it took them and how many possums they had to catch. Being a humane person my son would not remove the mother and leave the babies so we just waited for 2 months but he continued to clean the yard etc.

At the end of 2 months my son bought a medium size animal trap, put it out at night with bait (not sure what he used) but he did catch the mother possum. He had to buy very thick gloves to even be able to pick up the cage. He finally had to get a friend and they put a pole through the handle and loaded the cage in the back of a pickup truck.

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They carried the possum about 25 miles to a government owned wooded area and released her. We kept looking for one of the babies but none ever appeared. We have no idea as to where they went. Your government agencies may help you but I doubt it as they would not accept this possum even in a cage.
Be very careful whatever you do as they can be dangerous!

Possums will definitely catch small animals if they are hungry. It seems Possums usually like to stay in trees and generally come out at night to look for food.

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May 5, 20140 found this helpful

Possums have extremely bad eye sight, which is why some act aggressively. I used to work at animal services/control, and was told that it was extremely rare for them to have rabies- cats and dogs get rabies far more often than possums.

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Check your city codes; in some places, it's illegal to catch and release animals such as possums. If not, a trap is the best way to do it.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

Your probably pretty damn good looking,in all seriousness if you stare a possum down(from a distance of 6 ft or more) he will turn away from you and go in th opposite direction. They are docile in nature will only get angry if provoked from three feet or less.

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