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    Re: Raccoons and Raspberries

    Quote Originally Posted by bertsmobile1 View Post
    Most wild animals are territorial so trapping & relocating is a very savage way of killing at least one animal as many will fight to death over their range territory.
    As we are the intruders into other wildlife's domain, learning to live with them is usually the best option and often the cheapest method in both time & money in the long run.
    The farm where my workshop is has lots of wild life on it and visitors are always captivated by the wombat coming in for a drink, the kangaroos & wallabies at dusk feeding.
    The workshop has possum & bat boxes around it and near the water tank is a frog pond which also is regularly visited by a lot of birds & snakes.
    We constructed lizard ways between the ponds & the gardens and have done a few other things, like a snake pit a long way from the workshop to make nature work for us.
    Thus the gardens are virtually self maintaining and we have almost no insect "pest" problem other than flys in summer.

    So a camera left on your yard overnight will show you where the racoons are entering and then a feeder placed is a position that they would feel comfortable at, between the entry point & the rasberry plants should work.
    I have known people to cut holes in their walls & put in windows so they & their guests can watch the wildlife in their property, thus turning a pest into a feature.
    Bert I didn't realize ya'll had possums over there .............. We are infested with them over here in the south part of the U.S. We see them all the time dead on the side of the roads...... It seems like when they see headlights on a car they run in the middle of the road ........

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    Re: Raccoons and Raspberries

    US Opossum
    Australia possum
    Search for pictures and differences.
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    Re: Raccoons and Raspberries

    Different animal.
    Your Opossum is a rodent .
    Our possum is a marsupial .
    The biggest ones, brush tailed possums are about the same size as a Racoon and have a similar diet, nectar, flowers & fruit.
    Really good eating, light sweet meat.
    The Kiwi's started farming them to sell the meat to Japan & China as Kiwi Bear.
    You could probably get it in the USA, definately in NY.
    Fur is very fine and really warm, makes excellent gloves.

    Down side is they raid gardens, have very noisy randy fights in mating season & seem to like to hootenanny on your roof at 3 am wearing hob nailed boots.

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    Re: Raccoons and Raspberries

    Quote Originally Posted by bertsmobile1 View Post
    Different animal.
    Your Opossum is a rodent .
    Our possum is a marsupial .
    The biggest ones, brush tailed possums are about the same size as a Racoon and have a similar diet, nectar, flowers & fruit.
    Really good eating, light sweet meat.
    The Kiwi's started farming them to sell the meat to Japan & China as Kiwi Bear.
    You could probably get it in the USA, definately in NY.
    Fur is very fine and really warm, makes excellent gloves.

    Down side is they raid gardens, have very noisy randy fights in mating season & seem to like to hootenanny on your roof at 3 am wearing hob nailed boots.
    Ours is a marsupial also ..... and people do eat them also ..... Your bush tail type looks like a huge fox squirrel and it looks it would be good eating........

    The 2 types of possums look like they distant relatives ..........
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