JuneOntario said:@GrammaChar Please tell me you are joking about throwing rocks at treed possums! If you remove the barking dog from the area, the possum can climb down from the tree and go on its way unharmed. No missiles required.
wildflowers said:Wow, GrammaChar, that is a huge possum. I have chickens but I also have Multiple dogs that keep most of the wildlife from coming close to the house.
I've seen possums "Playing Possum" after the dogs back them in a corner. The problem with them is that they are very dirty creatures. It was years ago now but I will never forget the time a homicide detective friend came to visit and a possum showed up. He told how when they find anything dead in the woods, it's common to find a possum eating from the rear end of the body.
molanic said:@GrammaChar, maybe you were thinking of leptospirosis instead leprosy since they sound similar. I think opossums and raccoons are common carriers around here of strains that can pass to humans and our pets. The topic came up a few times over the years at the vets when we had dogs with impaired kidney function.
We get some raccoons, opossums, and skunks here in the burbs. For the most part they don't cause too many problems for me and I am glad to have them. I bring bird feeders in at night, and try to wash our garden produce very well. When we had dogs and they had to go out after dark I would loudly bang on the door first and then wait a minute before taking them out on leash to do their business. Having to bathe skunked dogs a handful of times has made me overly cautious. Once we called a wildlife trapper to come trap and euthanize an obviously sick skunk that was wandering the yard all day having seizures and spraying. The trapper said it most likely had distemper. Thankfully our dogs were vaccinated for that.
I have also heard about burying the strong hardware cloth all around the base of sheds and other buildings you don't want them tunneling under.
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