I'd like some suggestions on ridding myself of these nuisances.
Perhaps because my neighbors have dogs they tend to find sanctuary in
my back yard. I don't want a dog. I live in a large city so shooting
them is out of the question. I could borrow an AR-15 but I'm sure I'd
get in trouble. I don't want to set up trap cages. Is poison a good
solution? There are no kids to worry about and my back yard has 6 foot
walls so no stray dogs can get in. I guess I could post a sign, stray
cats stay out.
I wouldn't use poison if you intend to eat them. HTH :-)
Cooking a Possum
First you have to get a good one, best if it is about half grown. Put
it in a cage and fatten it up on buttermilk for a few months. That
will get the juices flowing when you cook it.
Now for the important part when you skin it never, never cut the tail
off it is like beaver tail and a true delicacy. Put in center of a
large black cast iron skillet Tuck the legs under and wrap the tail
around over the nose on the right side for balance Put yams around the
side with carrots for some flavor.
Place in oven at 375 degrees and bake until tender and a golden brown.
Be sure to baste during the baking process with a mixture of lard,
salt, pepper and buttermilk for that true down home flavor. Remove
from oven, place in the center of the table call the wife and kids
to dinner and enjoy your feast.
I have raccoons, possums, skunks, porcupines and a few other critters
(like moose and deer) that show up here on an almost daily basis. They
do it because food can be found here. The skunk eats with our cats and
the raccoon comes up on the deck to eat bird seed that has been
I'd bet that your neighbors' dogs' food is the attractant. If that were
removed, particularly at night, your critter problems would likely go away.
I enjoy the wildlife so I don't plan to do anything. I would appreciate
it if the moose would slow down though since their idea of an appetizer
is a full grown rhododendron bush.
I remember an electronic circuit that you could build to electrify your
garbage can. The same idea could be used with a simple electric fence kit.
Place your metal garbage can on a small sheet of plywood and connect an
electric fence transformer to it (providing you don't have small children
about). The transformer sends out very short pulses of HV that will jolt
the cleverest of critters.
Check with your city authorities. They may even take care of it for
Where I am, you can not live capture and release. It's the law. While
I believe they are over reacting a little, but we have had a couple of
rabies situations with them and they tend to have a problem with rabies.
They also have another infection, that looks something like rabies but can
not be transmitted to humans, as I understand it, but who is to know. In
any case some cities have a crew to take care of the problem, and they can
become real problems.
:) I'd like some suggestions on ridding myself of these nuisances.
:) Perhaps because my neighbors have dogs they tend to find sanctuary in
:) my back yard. I don't want a dog. I live in a large city so shooting
:) them is out of the question. I could borrow an AR-15 but I'm sure I'd
:) get in trouble. I don't want to set up trap cages. Is poison a good
:) solution? There are no kids to worry about and my back yard has 6 foot
:) walls so no stray dogs can get in. I guess I could post a sign, stray
:) cats stay out.
Calling animal control and have them trap them is the easiest
solution. Actually don't know if I recall ever seeing a possum die
from rat poison no matter how many blocks it may have eaten.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
It is said that the early bird gets the worm,
but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
is poison a good solution? you want to deal with racoons, possums, your
neighbor's cats (this alone should stop you), and anything else that you
poisoned, crawling under your house, maybe even IN your house, hiding and
dying, and rotting for the next 6 months?
poison is never a good solution. it will be much less effort to deal with
traps than hidden dead animals.
I've got a good German one (RWS model 34), and it won't kill a raccoon
(unless maybe you managed to hit it in the eye), and I doubt it would
kill a possum. It works great on rabbits and squirrels.
There are 9mm spring-piston air rifles with quite a bit of muzzle
energy(600+ FPS),much more than any .177 pellet gun.
Or you could use a crossbow.
Although it seems the OP is more concerned about their presence than
anything else,as he didn't mention any damage caused by the animals.
If they aren't raiding trashcans,doing damage or threatening your pets,I'd
leave them alone.
You're doomed on the opossums. They are vagabonds, never staying more than a
couple of days. If you have a continuing problem, your area is riddled with
them - it's not the same one.
Racoons are scavengers and foragers. If there's nothing to eat, they won't
hang around waiting for you to bring out the scraps.
Best bet all around is a tamper-proof garbage can.
Second best solution is to trap the 'coon, shave it nekkid, and release.
It'll die of shame.
Not the one I caught last winter. The sucker was on my porch snarling
at me. I whacked it with a snow shovel and it ran off the porch and
went into a 5 gallon pail laying on it's side. As soon as it went in
the pail, I shoved snow in front of the pail. trapping it. Then I
proceeded to shovel half the front lawn on top of that pail and packed
it down tightly. Several people told me that possum tunnelled out
someplace. When the snow melted in spring, there was a dead possum in
that pail. Thats one less nasty ugly disease ridden possum in my
neighborhood. I like most animals, but not possums, or anything else
with a long naked tail.
Do you have a compost pile or anything that attracts them? I get a few
possum and 'coons throughout the year, the usually hang out for the
night then move on.
Before I poisoned call your local animal control, they can set traps
(or will remove them if the animals are around when they arrive). The
downside of poisoning is if the thing crawls into a hard to get to
spot around your house and dies it's gonna stink freaking bad (my cat
dismemembered a squirrel out front and you couldn't walk near the
front door w/o getting a nose full. I found the corpse after I raked
the area...the cat had covered it with leaves).
Thanks for the help, group. I'm guessing the possums come to my yard
looking for water because the head to my covered jacuzzi. I'm not sure
if possums stay or move on. I have a large oak tree in the back yard
and turds laying around show some activity. Racoons only showed up
once when 4 of them started horseing around at night. I'll call animal
control and see if they can help. Thanks again.
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