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They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within >a

few minutes. I hope it stays away. I realize that wild critters like to play as well, but find it infinitely interesting that they chose to play with squeaky toys! :-)

So did I. With the first occurrence I thought maybe someone had tossed a dog over my fence. But since it is a small yard and well fenced I knew that no dog was going to simply disappear when I went out to check. Racoon OTOH will squish themselves into impossible holes to hide.
In the seven years we've lived here, I've never seen an opossum. We have raccoons. I'm not sure ... you have an abundance of one, you usually won't have hardly of the other since they have similar living/hunting areas.

Oh, no, we have both. And I'm right in the middle of a city. Raccoons are more predatory so an opossum would to well to steer clear. It has been a while but I've seen racoon in my yard, Oso and Tanith once trapped a half grown one in a corner. No serious damage done, but in that case it was because raccoons are good at defending themselves and Oso hadn't yet gotten close enough to get a grip. No such luck for an opossum several years ago.
Rccoons scream or yodel or - I don't quite know what to call the sound. But I'd bet that a lot of barking dog complaints are actually raccoon because they sound a lot like a dog in distress.

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They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

Where I train with my agility group, I've started seeing black cats. Y'know, those black cats that have the white stripe painted down their backs like in the Pepe Le Pew cartoons. I hope they stay away, too.

Heh, we have those around too. Fortunately they rarely trouble themselves to climb fences so I've never known one to come in my yard.

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Flick..I loved your link to a possum recipe site! LOL!

If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry?
Perry, it sounds like my neighborhood. Are you anywhere in the Minneapolis, Mn Suburbs by any chance?
Flick..I loved your link to a possum recipe site! LOL!

I hate to see good food go to waste ;-).
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OK my heart has now settled down to normal rate. Since about Sunday it has been obvious that there was ... it back into the kitchen. Then I shut the door and shove the possum outside. It didn't look particularly damaged.

EEEK. Yukky. Better than a raccoon though.
who woulda thought a possum would play with a dog toy?
They really seemed quite proud of themselves. THe opossum left within a few minutes. I hope it stays away.

I find it comforting to learn that the opossum didn't react aggressively to the dogs, but did its "playing possum" thing. I had a couple on my deck one night, one of which looked to be almost as big as Zoe, who weighs 37 pounds! I have been afraid of encountering them in person...

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
I'm always boggled by "my dog caught a possum and it's just fine" stories, but I'm really glad that I don't have to deal with the dogs bringing live large critters into the house.

Calvin has a nice 'possum scar on his muzzle from his first encounter with one. The opossum didn't survive. It must have been slow and painful for the possum though, because he was almost entirely covered with tooth marks.
On another interesting note... I moved the carcass to the other side of the property and within 24 hours the buzzards had picked it clean.

J.
I'm always boggled by "my dog caught a possum and ... the dogs bringing live large critters into the house.

Calvin has a nice 'possum scar on his muzzle from his first encounter with one. The opossum didn't survive. It ... moved the carcass to the other side of the property and within 24 hours the buzzards had picked it clean.

I think it's nice to let Nature do the breakdown and recycling, when possible.
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