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    02-24-2010, 10:46 PM
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For the past 2 evenings, I have had the cutest little opossum in my barn. That being said, it's a opossum. I think it's going after the cat food and not the horse feed, I'm not sure it can get into my grain tubs, but, it's still a opossum. SO... My question is...

I called my brother and he is coming over tomorrow to try and trap it. He's going to look for it in the AM but I don't think it comes into the barn until the evening so he'll have to come back around dark time. If he takes it away, how far does he need to go with it to ensure that it doesn't come back? Can he turn it loose in my moms barn? (she only has feral cats - no livestock in her barn). She's about 2400 feet from my place... I geuss? I'm not good with distance, she's up on the hill, about a 10 minute walk through the woods. Would the opposum come back? I hate to kill it. That just isn't my style. I'll drive it across the county if I need to....
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    02-24-2010, 10:57 PM
Kill it. Once it has found a home then it will come back, no matter what. Trust me, kill it. Have you ever seen a horse that has EPM? It is noting you would ever want to see, it's so horrible. If you truly loved your horses you would kill it.

Studies have proven that generally when you relocate a wild animal it dies. Because of stress, lack of food, and disease transmission.
    02-24-2010, 11:22 PM
A friend of mine had a stallion that died from EPM about 9 yrs ago. It was horrible.
    02-24-2010, 11:33 PM
I think we're all aware that opossums and horses don't mix. That being said, I truly don't believe you HAVE to kill it. My BO traps and moves opossums and they seem to stay away. But it all depends on how far away you take them from your barn...
    02-24-2010, 11:33 PM
It's a large marsupial rat. Kill it! They have all kinds of diseases the worst of which for your horses is EPM the worst for you is rabies.
    02-24-2010, 11:39 PM
As cute as they may be there full of disease and they need to be caught and relocated. Good luck!
    02-25-2010, 02:42 AM
I don't see this cuteness everyone is talking about in opposums! All I see is a breeding ground of disease and disgust.

Kill it. And MAKE SURE it's dead! Several nights our dogs (pit bull and a coonhoundXdoberman) have found these nasties, and while our coonhound mix did kill one by ultimately breaking it's back - we've always put a bullet in their head. We don't seem to have a problem any more. Just raccoons every now and again. Usually after running the dogs in the barn for a few days, leaving some lights on and playing the radio, they decide it's not a real comfort inn.

I saw a grand prix schoolmaster who had contracted EPM and he couldn't even make a proper circle after that. He was put down not long after I left the barn.
    02-25-2010, 03:52 AM
Sorry to butt in here guys, but what's an opossum???? We don't have them here in australia, only normal possums and they don't carry nasties like EPM and rabies.
    02-25-2010, 06:00 AM
Katty, A oppossum is a large rat with a long hairdo.

It's a maruspial, so it's probably kin to your possums.

Farmpony, if you're determined to relocate, take it at least five miles away. Really.

We were relocating the groundhogs we trapped at our place (we said the groundhogs were entering the witness protection program) and had a couple find their way back from a couple of miles away. So....at least five miles, preferably with a body of water between you.
    02-25-2010, 06:48 AM
Remind me of a big rat...Kill them!!! There about as good as a groundhog....in the horse world...

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