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Old 06-10-2015, 06:32 AM   #1
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We used to see opossums in our neighborhood but haven't done so in a while and now that tick season is in full swing, I've been wondering if we can do something to entice them to pass this way more often.

I know they don't really stay in one place and 'nest' but thought it might be worth the effort to make some boxes that might serve as temporary shelter.

Anyone have ideas or suggestions on what size/s to try?

As I've been looking into this I've found there are actually some Opossum societies out there, but not much on creating good opossum habitat--maybe because of the potential predation of birds nests?
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:48 AM   #2
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As you are aware, opossums do not need a nest box to raise their young. I do not know of anyone who has been successful in attracting an opossum to their property by providing nest boxes. Cat food left outside does tend to be effective if they are already in your local area.

Opossums will seek temporary shelter from the elements in our attics, sheds and garages when accessible. Because of this, they are considered a nuisance species (sigh). Would you consider contacting a local critter control agency? Perhaps you could arrange for the release of any opossums they have been contracted to remove from the properties of others onto your property?
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:02 AM   #3
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Possum I captured on the game cam comes into play on page 3 post 21 Are you GAME!

I fed one nightly and he-she took up residence beneath the shed we once had.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:21 AM   #4
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Excellent idea to contact animal control!

We have foxes, woodchucks (a mother and two youngsters) and a raccoon.
I see them all much closer to the house right now since the mulberries are ripening, but I haven't seen an opossum around here in a while.

Great 'game cam' shots, my youngest really wants one of those--better start researching!
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:55 AM   #5
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Thank you.

I do not believe your county animal control agency will be able to work with you. Most are in the business of destroying nuisance species, relocation generally is not an option (sigh). You may have better success contacting a private critter control agency. You are most fortunate in that there are several in your general area.

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