Relocation of Possums

 

This unfortunate Mountain Brushtail possum was relocated with her family from a roof, the owners thought they were doing the right thing by relocating close by in the forest. What they were not aware of was the need for a new home for the possum family.

Possums are extremely territorial, where habitat is available you will almost certainly already have resident population of possums, so the relocated ones will have a very hard time finding suitable shelter, such as a hollow limb in a tree, hollows take up to 200 years to form.

This juvenile Mountain Brushtail possum was found hiding in a chicken laying box, covered in sores, malnourished, her teeth had been ripped out on one side, causing infection through her mouth and throat.

All we could do for her was to relieve her pain and suffering, and she was humanely euthanased.

The rest of her family was not found, we can only hope that they faired better than this little girl.

The right thing to do when a possum is in your roof and causing you a problem is to relocate to as close as possible, within 50 meters.

What is vitally important is to at the same time make sure the possum has a new home, such as a possum box located in a tree nearby .It should be high enough that no domestic pets can reach.The higher the better.

Please contact your nearest Wildlife organisation for advise before attempting a relocation.

Possums do not chew on wires and rarely defecate where they sleep. Why not leave them be shelter is hard to find these days, surely we can help these native animals by letting them shelter in our roof. They are out at night when we sleep and come back just before we wake up.

 

 
 
 

©Wildlife Mountain 2000 - 2014

 

We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.

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