October 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm #527519
I think so. All in all most animals are accomodating if treated fairly.
I was a bit concerned that the winter cold was affecting him badly but I have seen a few at dusk lately so hopefully all is okay.October 6, 2012 at 10:28 am #527520
Thanks for the tip Girl Friday but we really did try everything before resorting to ‘the final solution’!
That would be pretty typical of Tasmania to protect something that is obviously in pest proportions, many years ago there was a season for shooting possums for skins which of course kept their numbers under control, that would have been over 20 years ago so numbers have certainly had time to build up, one of the species that have benefited from humans, most of the possums around here live in the numerous outbuildings, possum tenements… 🙂
I’m not too concerned about the legal ramifications of disposing of possums…I don’t think it’s actually enforced…one of those laws that is there but most people disregard-certainly in rural areas of Tasmania.October 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm #527521
I am no bleeding heart animal liberationist and dont want to preach from afar but just remember that the natural pecking was fine in the Australian bush until we humans (with exception of the wonderful wisdom of the Indigenous people) came along and buggered up the balance.
We humans are the greatest pests and I just think that we all have to consider our impact on the environment and resultant reduction in bio diversity before killing any so called pest.
Possums may eat your veggies but along with thousands of other species we humans have altered there way of life.
I dont want to start an argument about this but just raise the issue regarding how our total dominance of all natural kingdoms gives us the choice and ability to either kill or foster. 🙂October 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm #527522
Porgey, your possum looks like a Ring-tailed Possum. They are dear, shy, little things and live in Dreys (nests) in the trees. I have two Dreys here. The possums make a twittering noise at night to communicate with other possums. They don’t get on with brush-tailed possums.
I have plenty of different vegetables planted and the possums leave them alone. I do have lots of other plants that the possums like to eat, like Banksia Roses and Cottage Pink. I never have to prune these plants on the fence line as the possums do it for me.October 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm #527523October 7, 2012 at 11:14 am #527524
Right, so being that you don’t own the land, you don’t feel that you can put up a permanent structure.. that’s understandable. If you want to garden then, I suggest an electric fence. You can get portable ones, low ones so you can step over, or the taller ones for chooks. I saw them in use here:
So cheap! Power that with a solar charger and you have complete portability. Garden anywhere! Stops the rabbits too. I remember reading somewhere (I think it was Backyard Poultry) they were having an issue with quolls or devils taking their chickens, and solved the issue with electric fencing. I’m sure the electric fence can protect a few plants just as well. 😉October 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm #527525
I agree wholeheartedly that humans have done untold environmental damage…habitat loss, pollution, the list is endless. It is for this reason that the possums here are such a nuisance, this is not pristine bushland, nor is there any untouched bush nearby, this has been farmland for well over a 100 years, in fact most of the land was cleared well before that, it’s a long, long time since this area was as nature intended.
As far as I can tell there are no natural predators here that would keep possum numbers in check….so they thrive, plenty of food grown by the farmer(and the nice lady with the vege garden), wonderful, warm, dry nesting spots in the ceilings of all the farm buildings….much better than those leaky, draughty old hollow trees. Possum heaven!
I only have to deal with 4 or 5 possums a year that actually raid the garden…the owner of the property has a blitz every couple of months and shoots possums, rabbits, feral cats. Do I think he’s doing the right thing…yes, I do, if he didn’t the numbers would grow and grow until there was a drought or a disease outbreak. He’s not trying to wipe them out…just keep the numbers at a reasonable level.
Thanks for the electric fence idea purplehat but I’m afraid I have no intention of spending over $300 (not my idea of cheap…sorry!)on electric fencing purely to save a few possums, one of the reasons I have a vege garden is to save money! I have never had issues with rabbits getting in to the vege garden…just the possums.
I certainly don’t want to cause arguments or controversy but I do think a reality check is needed sometimes… these possums are obviously in plentiful, if not pest proportions, certainly here in Tasmania, probably, as Pogey said to the detriment of other more vulnerable species.October 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm #527526
Jenoka77 post=348264 wrote: I am trying to get seedlings to grow in my garden, however my resident possum seems to keep ripping them out and eating them. so far all my seedlings besides beetroot and red cabbage are gone and i have had about 10 lavender plants ripped up. from single shoot upstarts to larger $20 plants.
Any advise on how to get rid of possums would be appreciated.
However as soon as I get rid of one a new one moves in.
So How can I protect my plants from the possums
Just try covering your vegie patch with cheap bird netting over hoops made out of stakes with plastic tubing attached. That should do the trick. 🙂October 8, 2012 at 12:18 am #527527
I bought our electric fence energizer from ebay for $80 (ish) it can do up to 5km. Solar powered. Works to keep our bossy cow out of the tubestock plantation. No need to spend heaps of money.October 10, 2012 at 10:46 am #527528
Sounds to me that you’re not actually looking for any information and ideas about what to do about your possums. You’re quite ok with the idea of the owner of the land killing them off, and you just wanted to upset people here.
You know, they’re territorial, so you’re WRONG. Numbers won’t just keep growing and growing.. all you’re doing is taking the possum that lives there out of the picture so that more possums can move in. If you lived with the one or two that you have, then that’s all you’ll have until they die. or get pushed out by the younger generation. You will NOT get a possum population explosion, not hundreds of possums all eating your roses. Sure they’ll take-up residence in an area without possums already in it, but they don’t do like humans in a city and live on top of each other.
But I honestly don’t think it’ll matter what me or anyone says.. because you weren’t here to ask for real information. You were here to upset those of us who would encourage possums into their gardens. I call TROLL.October 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm #527529
I’m sorry the thread I started is causing people heartache. I explained in my first question that I understood getting rid of them does not work. I live on 600 acres. 400 of those acres are native bush land. Around my house I have a native vegetation garden full of grivillias and other natives for wild life.
I called the possum a pest as it was not only eating every seedling the ones it did not like such as garlic lavender and onions it would destroy. I was more than happy to share the vegies to an extent with this cute creature. It was the malicious damage to everything that was causing me the issues.
I have since followed a few of the more encouraging suggestions. I have built my poly pipe bird nets. I have smearedvsmeared vIcks on the fence and tree trunks and also started sharing some of the scraps I feed my chickens with the possum via a willow tree away from my garden but on it’s way to my garden so it doesn’t attempt to rip the netting. All in all we have been living in harmony for now
This water Dragon has lived in harmony with us for years too. I love my wild life but just needed some help teaching a spoilt possum to share not destroy all in its path. My family has lived here for many years and never had a possumtpossum this destructiveOctober 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm #527530
Sorry pic is upside down. I’m technologically challenged :blink:October 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm #527531
Jenoka77, what a great set up. Are you sure its the possums doing ALL the damage? Sure they will eat things but maybe other animals (such as cats & wild dogs) are also causing damage. Whilst I am a great fan of properly trained and behaved domestic pooches both cats and dogs can create a bit of carnage when left to there own devices.
Dont get me started on cat control (give them all Larry Do in my opinion) as the mods will put the kybosh on this thread in a jiffy. 🙂October 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm #527532
I do believe the cockatoo’s were helping toward the end.
So I wanted to protect from most things. The beauty of my design is that I can raise the sides for easy human access and I leave the sides open during the days I’m home and all my not so destructive birds such as blue wrens and robins can get in and have a pick at any bugs. That was my biggest fear, to protect the garden would I make it too inaccessible for me to harvest regularly and for all the beneficial birds and bugs aka ecosystem would not be able to workOctober 11, 2012 at 10:38 am #527533
Quite frankly purplehat I take umbrage at being labelled a Troll simply because I don’t agree with you…I didn’t ask advice on dealing with possums…that was the original poster, I was just sharing my experience…isn’t that the whole idea of forums?
If attracting possums works for you then that’s great, but it doesn’t work for me…nor am I willing to spend a lot of money and effort to save a couple of possums…which if the data is correct on current stocking rates for this area, could number up to 102,000 for this property alone…pity the poor NZ’ers who have much higher rates of 4 to 25 per hectare :jawdrop: . Obviously as you pointed out numbers don’t increase if conditions are right do they?
I’m sorry if I upset you purplehat (or anyone else for that matter)but you know it’s not all sunflowers and lambs gambolling in the sunshine on rural properties…I’m just glad they don’t shoot Wedge Tailed Eagles anymore…now that should be a hanging crime!
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