Any 22 caliber rifle or handgun will get rid of them quickly. I live
in the country and shoot them all the time. They are slow and easy to
shoot. I need to warn you though. Do not just shoot them once.
Those things are very hardy. I've shot them right in the head and
found them still moving an hour later. Even though they are
disgusting worthless rodents that likely carry disease, I still dont
like to see any critter suffer. So, blast about 5 shells into them
and be sure they're dead. Once they've been shot, it's best to put a
gew more shells right between their eyes. I'm not joking about being
hardy. I once shot one in the side, it fell over and kept moving. I
did not have any more 22 shells handy so stabbed a manure fork thru
it. It still did not die, so I drove over it with my truck four
times. I could not believe that it still walked away and crawled
under a firewood pile, which I found from the trail of blood. That's
when I went over to my neighbor and got some more 22 shells. I
emptied 6 rounds in it before it was dead.
They are some of the most disgusting animals around. Basically giant
rats. I tolerate the coons and even the shunks around here, but
possums die as fast as I can blast them. For some reason they like to
hang out right by my front door too, so I always keep my rifle by that
According to what I've read, possoms do not carry rabies or distemper and
their favorite food is slugs. You might want to pick on someone you own
size next time.
We had one that took up residence in our garage under a staircase. At
certain points it stunk in the house from the possom. I checked it out
under the staircase and the female was carrying a load of babies on its
back. I screamed at it for a few minutes. It moved to quieter housing
later that night. A few months later I pulled out all of the insulation to
check for stains on the wood that I planned to treat with bleach. No signs
of any stains what so ever. It certainly smelled but I have no idea what
from. It apparently cleaned up after itself and babies.
There is no reason to kill it. Try your town hall. My neighbor had a
problem animal and the town animal control people set a Have-a heart trap.
The nighbors watched for the animal to be caught in the trap and the animal
control took it away.
hmmm, the only thing, is I wonder if they killed it.
We have plenty of wild critters around the neighborhood. We bought a trap
and caught groundhogs,rabbits,possums. The rabbits we let them go because
they don't do any harm around our yard. The others we take them to the
huge park nearby and release them.
I'm not sure if we're supposed to be doing this. We just make sure no park
employees or some goodie goodie is nearby. The park is a wild habitat and
not your run of the mill city park. There are large ravines and places
where people won't be hiking.
Once caught, we line the trunk of the car with newspapers. Put on thick
leather gloves so not to touch anything. The ground hogs usually growl and
hiss. The possums usually sleep. LOL. The park is only a couple of miles
away and we let the animals out and they make a new home.
There is a MAJOR reason to kill it. It's called EPM, which is a
disease that horses get and is spread by possums. We have horses,
therefore any possum that comes on my property will be shot if I can
get it. When I first moved here I was shooting about 20 of them per
year. I shot one in 2006 and two in 2007, so the numbers have gone
down quite a lot.
It's not just the fact they are ugly and can carry diseases, they CAN
BE DEADLY FOR HORSES. Even if you don't own horses, if you live in
the country and neighbors have horses, please destroy possums. If you
must live trap them, DO NOT release them near horse farms. Better
yet, relase them in the city, such as in the center grassy divider
between the two directions of traffic on a high speed interstate
highway. That way they'll either get killed by the northbound, or the
southbound traffic, and you can place bets to determine which lane
will get them.
Sorry, I love most animals, and I try my best to be compassionate and
humane, but I love our horses much more than some ugly possum carrying
diseases, that dont need to be hanging around my front door. I've
shot a couple coons that got inside my barn and snarled at me. I felt
bad about it. I shot a skunk that sprayed one of my barn cats, and I
felt bad about it. I NEVER feel bad when I kill possums, rats, or
mice. All of them are filthy disease carriers, and damage property.
If you want to learn more about this EPM that can kill a horse, and is
spread by possums, go here:
I was told that they have to be taken several miles away or they will
find their way back, dunno if that's true, but AC won't do it here,
and we aren't supposed to, but 25 miles to the Delta works around
My last experience with my Hava-a-hart was to catch a momma skunk. She
was in the trap and her 4 kids were outside it and would not leave and
were jumping all over the trap. In spite of this I managed to get it
open and release her and never got sprayed. They say you can cover them
up and transport them but there is no way a skunk is getting in my SUV.
Yeah, I've never understood folks who want to relocate the pests they
catch. If they don't want them, what makes them think that ALL the
folks and native animals in another area are going to want them.
They're just too lazy to end the cycle of pestilence themselves.
The only place pests should be relocated is undewater for a few
minutes, and then into the earth, a garbage can, or in your pan if
it's really good eatin'.
I agree with your policy about pest relocation, but in a case like
Frank's I'd be hard pressed to put down the Mama skunk, too.
I think I have more of a soft spot for skunks than most folks,
though. As long as they're not stinking up my house, I say, "live and
let live". They seem to have a similar attitude. I might feel
differently if I kept chickens, though.
Frank - good on you for getting the trap open without getting
I don't kill much and just about any critter can live around my place
if they don't cause trouble but I agree as an encologist, relocating a
nonthreatened species is not a good idea. You are probably more
ecologically responsible if you just kill it.
What you call pestilence, most people call an ecosystem.
The only reason the native animals (which predate humans in most
locations) don't do what you propose to US, is that they don't have
thumbs or guns.
I'm not gonna kill some poor SOB of a coon or possum or whatever for
just trying to make a living, as long as they stay outside. Most of them
are even pretty amusing to watch. I spend many an hour watching the
wildlife out my window- birds, deer, rabbits, squirrels, turkey,
racoons, etc. I like them better than I like most people. I may not have
a veggie/flower garden for them to snack on, but I also don't use
chemicals on the yard, and they seem to feel safe there. A day after it
snows, my backyard looks like a grade school playground with all the
tracks leading to where the bird feeders are.
Aside from the occasional turd on the porch, or the neigbor cat trying
to use the bird feeder as a buffet (almost never successfully), no real
problems. Now if I could just get the birds to stop slamming into the
Actually, I've recently eaten raccoon, and it's very good. Better
than squirrel, by far.
Killing something for the sake of killing it, IMO, is a bad thing to
do. If it's not trying to kill you, and you're not going to eat it,
you shouldn't kill it.
That's a personal choice, though, and if you have the stomach to kill
a living creature and throw it away like trash, go for it.
I hunt (a lot), and am going to start raising chickens, and would
raise rabbits if my wife would let me, so I don't have a problem with
killing an animal for meat. My problem is killing an animal for
nothing. I have actually hesitated getting chickens because 'coons
will kill them. Having eaten 'coon now, having the chickens as "bait"
will be a benefit, IMO. I live in the city, too, but have no problem
sniping them with a pellet gun.
When I have a problem with an animal that I can't eat (like a skunk),
I'll use non-lethal, non-relocation methods to keep it from going
where I don't want it.
If it were up to me, you would have to carry a card in your wallet
when you go to the store to buy meat, that shows you've taken a tour
of a slaughterhouse and realize the impact you have when you buy
meat. Too many people are ignorant about what they eat these days.
I hunt too and feel the same way. Friend of mine had a small farm and
raised a beef cow which the family named Bosco. One day we were in a
goose pit and friend offered me a roast beef sandwich which I declined.
He said Bosco would be disappointed.
I would not eat raccoon and am careful with them since rabies is endemic
2 weeks ago I had a possum in my garage. I put on my welding gloves and
cornered the little critter.
I was hoping it would faint, as they sometimes do (play possum), but this
one didn't so I grabbed it by it's tail (they're quite slow) and dropped it
in a cardboard box and xported it several miles to a rural location near a
small stream and unloaded it into the ditch.
No need to kill it, and I wouldn't shoot it in the garage anyway.
No worries about neighbors as it is a rural area.
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