Thursday, February 4, 2010

Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

We live in the country. It’s not out in the really wild country but it’s clearly outside the surbuban area surrounding Atlanta. We enjoy the wildlife. Periodically, however, we seem to suffer from possum (Opossum, Didelphis virginiana) overload. It’s been like that for the last month or so.

We don’t want to kill them but we need to thin their numbers around the house a little. So we use a live trap baited with peanut butter to catch them and relocate them to a wild area where they have plenty of woods to roam in. The count is now up to four; a couple of big ones and a couple of smaller ones.

Last night we caught a young possum with a glossy black coat, a white face …

Bright eyes…

And a cute nose…
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