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OMG OMG I don't "DO" possums!!!

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  • OMG OMG I don't "DO" possums!!!

    I lived in Alaska. Bears were OK. I had a gun-not that I used it. Moose in the yard or on the road. Caribou on the highway. Even saw an ermine once.
    I can handle wildlife. We live in the country-black snakes, foxes, turkeys, snapping turtles, raccoons, possums. But NOT IN MY LAUNDRY ROOM. I turn into GIRLY GIRL!
    AAGGGGHHH I go to put clothes in the dryer and a POSSUM is crawling over my washing machine and goes down the back. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Where is DH because I ain't goin back in there. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. So now the side door is open so IT can leave and go back to its tree or whatever.
    I'm going to go get the Coke Classic out of the fridge and put some nice smooth bourbon in it. No, wait-that is too close to the laundry room. Time for DH to man up again.
    Last edited by ManyDogs; Jun. 29, 2012, 10:26 PM. Reason: nerves

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    Ummmm... How in the hell did it get in there???

    I have possums. I hate them. I have a 10' 2x2 that I'll knock them off the porch with. They watch me coming and then...BOOM... off they go ten feet down. They don't like it much.
    "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

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      #3
      We haven't a clue how it got in. At least 3 dogs are in the house just about all of the time. Don't know of any openings such as chimney, open window.
      I don't think possums are cute. I think they're creepy. Blech. I'd drop kick it out of the house if I wasn't so disgusted.

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      • #4
        Don't go putting your limbs near them! I was trying to poke one off the back porch (two story drop) with a shorter poke stick and he bit the stick. I picked him up about 2' off the porch before he let go! Those teeth are deadly!

        I'd just kill the damn things but they are always right up against the house when I see them. I'm not a bad shot but I really don't want to miss and shoot the house.
        "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

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        • #5
          Ooooh no thank you! I wouldn't have handled that very well! Thankfully all our dogs keep all but the most suicidal birds out of our yard. I've seen one squirrel and one snake in our 3 fenced in acres so far in 2.5 years. Certainly no vermin, not counting the Chihuahua fosters of course a pack of 18 dogs brings about its own set of considerations (ha), but wildlife deterrant is a perk.

          I remember being really little and seeing a possum destroy out trash bag on the porch right next to the screen door. All I saw were its claws and eyes and i will NEVER forget hauling a** to my parents in the basement, screaming. No thanks!

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          • #6
            roflmao!

            read the OH SH*T IT'S ALIVE!!!

            welcome to the club!
            Originally posted by BigMama1
            Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
            GNU Terry Prachett

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              #7
              Well, let's see-we have a poodle, a yorkie poo, and and a hound/beagle mix in the house. Guess I should open the back door and let the Big Guns in-terrier, ACD, puggle (oh yes, she'd go for it) and a couple dachshunds. LOL
              I'm hoping IT has waddled out the door and into the night, and I do hope I managed to close the dryer door before I hit warp speed exiting the laundry room.

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              • #8
                OK had to add this picture from bad rap pit rescue. Any guess on the name of the dog on the left?? Muuuch cuter mental image of a 'Possum' to me!!

                https://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos...63807786_n.jpg

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                • #9
                  oh! my husband just killed one when he went to shut the chickens up, it kicked broody hen off her nest and was going to eat the eggs. So glad he got it, possums freak me out.
                  for more Joy then you can handle
                  http://dangerbunny.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    Oh...well...after you scream and run, you tug up your panties, arm yourself with gloves and go shoo it out the door. Mr. CC is also an Alaska boy (Juneau), but he's pretty handy with critters. I am a softy (thankfully, all the nasty diseases ya'll have on that side of the country..we don't!) and would just wait or shoo Mr. Possum on his way. I can't kill things. Even though I'm Catholic, Mr. CC insists that I'm a buddhist at heart

                    Remember, possums are terribly nearsighted and the open mouth hissing thing is their only defense really.
                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                      #11
                      bits-yes, that sort of possum I can live with. What sweeties! Much much better mental image-thanks!

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                        #12
                        Ha ha Calvin tell your hubby I had the pleasure of landing at the Juneau airport once-I was on a milk run--Anchorage, Yakutat (sp?), Cordova, Juneau, Sitka.

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                        • #13
                          Mr. CC has only been back once since he left at age 24, following his graduation from UAJ (go Whales!). I would love to visit...but oh, those teeny planes scare me spitless! Juneau being what it is, it's a plane or boat to get out of town!

                          I hope your possum has a vacated the premises and your evening is once again peacefully free of our only marsupial.
                          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                          • #14
                            I can't believe no one has mentioned how dangerous they are to horses. If they poop on your hay and your hay is consumed by horses they can die.

                            They are shot on site at our farm and they are not indigenious to canada but have been migrating up here.

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                            • #15
                              Bravestorm--they are not the only vector for EPM transmission. Possums don't regularly go strolling through your barn, crapping on your hay...birds, on the other hand, do. You simply can't sanitize your horse's world, and killing everything that could, possibly, make your horse ill is unrealistic.
                              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                              • #16
                                Just use a broom handle to encourage it out the door. It will hiss, and try to look menacing, but it will go the other way.
                                www.HistoricHousePreservation.com

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                                • #17
                                  I hate possums! Nasty and creepy and mean and they carry EPM protozoa!! A dead possum is a dead possum IMO. Few yrs ago my Aussie Tuffy went after one and it had Tuffy by the nose (!) and I beat it with an umbrella to make it let go then tuffy got it.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                                    Bravestorm--they are not the only vector for EPM transmission. Possums don't regularly go strolling through your barn, crapping on your hay...birds, on the other hand, do. You simply can't sanitize your horse's world, and killing everything that could, possibly, make your horse ill is unrealistic.
                                    well - I never said they were the only thing - but if you like - I will trap them and send them to you.

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                                    • #19
                                      <ducking head in embarrassment>.......I think they are cute. We live and let live. But I'd shoo one out of the house.
                                      Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
                                        <ducking head in embarrassment>.......I think they are cute. We live and let live. But I'd shoo one out of the house.
                                        LOL, cute in a way only a mother can appreciate....


                                        Saw a squished on on our street today, wondered if it was 'my' possum that scared the bejesus out of me a few weeks back....
                                        Originally posted by BigMama1
                                        Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                                        GNU Terry Prachett

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