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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

Brushtailed Possum Control

Scientific Name: Trichosurus vulpecula

Biology

  • Possums eat 300 grams of vegetation per day.

Sign

Damage

  • Strip trees of their leaves, thereby changing canopy dynamics.
  • Carry diseases
  • Major predator of birds and their eggs.
  • Eat native invertebrate species, such as snails.

Control Methods

Habitat Modification

Frightening Devices

 

Repellents

 

Trapping

  • Body-grip
  • Foothold
  • Cage/box traps

Shooting

  • Shotguns are very effective on Possums.

Toxicants

  • 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate)

Diseases-Safety

Legal Issues

Living With Brush-Tailed Opossums

  • Not applicable where they are an invasive species

Publications & Resources

Kararehe Kino VPC research--New Zealand Organization with plenty of info on possums.

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