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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Skunks, Woodchucks, Porcupines, Opossumes, stray cats, and Raccoons all have what in common?

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Feb 6th, 2018 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

There is nothing cute or cuddly about opossums. Similar to raccoons, they are pretty fierce creatures, and can kill a dog if they gain the advantage in a scrap.

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Feb 6th, 2018 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, when the two were scraping under the house it was very loud, and they were crashing into stuff. It was quite a ruckus.

I hope I catch the other one soon. I don't know if it's still under the house or not, and I need to get the vent sealed up, so other rodents don't find their way in there.

I'm not in any hurry to go under, and see for myself if the place is vacant.

When I first set the trap several days ago, just putting the can of chopped up cat food in the back of the trap wasn't enticing enough. Yesterday I placed some dabs of cat food leading into the cage, so the critter could get a taste. That did the trick.

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Feb 7th, 2018 01:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

Learn more about armadillos

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Feb 7th, 2018 04:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back when I was a rookie LEO working the midnight shift, I was driving down a country road when I came upon an opossum walking down the middle of the road.

He had obviously been hit by a car, which split him open and he was dragging about 6 feet of his entrails behind him.

When I hit him with a light he looked at me as if to say, "What are YOU lookin' at?" Absolutely nonplussed about his situation.

I backed up and ran over him again to put him out of his misery. But, man, what tough critters they are!

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Feb 7th, 2018 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent educational video.

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Feb 7th, 2018 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

This is our local Armadillo exterminator.

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Feb 7th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Caught the second one. He/she's a little beat up. There's some blood in the cage. I saw several scrapes from the fight this Opossum had with the other. Looks like he got his butt kicked.

Also the door of the trap probably smacked his tail, just a guess, but it will be fine I'm sure.

I released it this morning about 15 miles from the house.

The foundation vent is newly sealed. Good to go.

This sucker was pretty big. Big head and a thick neck. Beefy sucker.

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Feb 7th, 2018 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tastes like bacon.

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Feb 7th, 2018 04:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

De Ville, I can't un-see that. Yuk!

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Feb 7th, 2018 04:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Capcha’d!

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Feb 7th, 2018 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ya, I know right! LOL!

BTW this Opossum stunk to high heaven. Noticed the same odor coming from the foundation vent when I was sealing it up.

I hope it didn't crap under the house too much. I have no idea how long it was living under there. I haven't been down there for probably a year.

God I hope there isn't babies down there. This time of year wouldn't babies be out on their own by now? I guess I need to look up the breeding cycle of the Opossum.



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Feb 7th, 2018 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

JAFO, that is one tuff Shih Tzu!

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Feb 8th, 2018 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Back in Iraq, (yes, of course I have to chime in with an Iraq critter story), There was a huge porcupine in the chaparral behind a abandoned building where we were bivouacked. We saw it first in the light of our night vision goggles and could not at first believe what we were seeing. It was easily as big as a large dog, about German Sheppard size. He was out and about at night amongst the Jackals and we saw him fairly often.

There were abandoned buildings that we booby-trapped with boxes of broken glass (perched atop doorways, etc.) that would fall and alert us if anyone was inside. There was insurgent activity and they had gotten on our little compound, and old RAF Base from the early 20th century (called RAF Habbiniyah), and had planted some IEDs, stolen some ordnance from the ancient ammo dump, and done some other mischief.

One night our troop on guard duty reported hearing the crash of a glass box breaking. A couple of guys and I raced out there and searched the building using our best Close Quarters Combat tactics, clearing it room by room using our night operation devices (N.O.D.s).

I flowed into a room, weapon up, adrenaline surging, and saw the weirdly glowing beady eyes of a living creature right at my knees. It was Mr. Porcupine, bristling hugely and bumbling around in the dark trying to get out. Fortunately he did so and fortunately neither myself or my highly strung troops let off a shot. All ended well. We called it "good training".

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