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Old Nov 9 2008, 09:06 AM   #41
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We came home last night from shopping and found a young possum right where the driveway splits to make a circle up to the house. That's right around 100 feet or so from my front door. The dogs were blissfully unaware of its presence because they were off in the woods looking for things to chase. Ah, the irony of it all.
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Old Nov 10 2008, 09:32 AM   #42
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LOL Draco! Sounds like our dogs!!
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Old Nov 10 2008, 01:00 PM   #43
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Possums are creatures with mysterious abilities. The other night I opened the door and found a large rotund member of the species right there on the front porch. It looked at me, turned, and waddled slowly down the steps. Large dog was lying in the yard watching. I think the thing has convinced him it's just a funny-looking cat. Even the cats seem to take little notice of it these days and it seems to be less afraid (or more contemptuous?) of me night by night.
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Possums are very treacherous creatures. If you find your cat or dog with a serious abcessed wound on its throat, chances are they were bitten by a possum. It will just hold still and let the unsuspecting cat walk up to sniff it, then attack with a speed that borders on unbelievable. My wife's cat Minnie had such a wound. My cat Sully was found dead with a similar wound. Large dogs stand a better chance because they're taller and can get out of the way better. But most learn from the experience. My dogs have caught possums in the yard, and have chewed and bounced them around, then left them for dead. Of course, the next morning, there's no possum; it just got up and walked off. But the last one that they cornered in the yard didn't survive the experience. I beat it to death with my 6 D cell Mag Light. I don't like possums. So much so that to me, they're not worth the cost of a .22 bullet. Besides, my dogs are a bit gun shy.

But I did shoot the last armadillo they found. It was digging a hole under the corner of my trailer. I made it quit.
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Old Nov 10 2008, 10:44 PM   #45
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I don't like them either. I especially don't like this one. I don't have a gun to shoot at it with and if I did I'd probably hit the concrete walk and have it come back at me. I can't put out any sort of poison for fear of harming cats or dogs and, considering the size of the thing, I don't really want to see big dog (who is 13 years old) tangle with it and I especially don't want smaller dog trying to take it on. As I said in the very beginning of this post, life in the sticks has its ups and downs.
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Sandi...can you call your local animal control....perhaps they would come and get it for you, especially if they think it might be dangerous to you, your family or your other pets.
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Problem is, out in the sticks you are yur own animal control about 99% of the time.

BTW, if you DID have a gun, the chances of a bullet coming right back at you are astronomical, given that you wouldn't be shooting straight into the concrete walkway. Think pool table. Same basic theory.

Got a baseball bat? Any good at swinging it?
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Mom leaves her sliding glass door open several inches so the cats can get in and out. This also means that 'possums can get in. We always have several every summer who come into the house eat the cat get themselves a drink of water and then leave again. They never bother the cats. It got to the point last year where Kibby would not go into the kitchen at night.
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One advantage of living in the sticks, we are too far out for Kibby to try and snick out at night and we know when some one comes down the road. In order for her to snick out and meet some one she would have a quarter mile walk in the pitch dark. So I do not think that we will have to worry about that when she gets older.
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We always have several every summer who come into the house eat the cat get themselves a drink of water and then leave again.
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That one got me for a minute there too, Hans! I think she meant it ate the cat's food. I can attest to the fact that those marsupials love cat food.
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I know, I'm just couldn't resist teasing her, sandi
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OOPS I left out a word yes, they eat the cat food.
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That's ok, Maw. We knew what you meant and it gave us a laugh which is always a good thing!
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