Hello Possums

Possum Removal $250Possums are commonly found in suburban areas, where they are often considered pests owing to their habit of eating fruit, vegetables, flowers and tender young shoots from gardens, and nesting in roofs. The loud hissing, crackling territorial call of the male Common Brushtail may also be a problem for suburban residents.

Natural deterrents which play upon the possum's acute sense of smell are often employed to discourage them. These include cloves of garlic, camphor or naphthalene. As a native species possums are protected by regulations, even when they reside in urban neighbourhoods, and cannot be baited. They cannot be killed as pests, and if captured the regulations stipulate that they must be released within a small radius of that locality, since they are territorial creatures. Preventative measures such as blocking off their access to the roof spaces or building a possum nesting box for an alternative home are instead recommended. The Possum's rank odour is due to it's over-sized musk glands located behind each ear.

Problem Possums

F.A.Q

Possum in ceilingQ. Are possums protected?

A. All possums are protected in Victoria under the provisions of the Wildlife Act 1975.

Q. How has the law changed?

A. A Governor in Council Order made on 8 July 2003 was published in Government Gazette G28, pages 1766-1767 on 10 July 2003. This Order permits the trapping of Common Brushtail Possums living in buildings for the purpose of releasing them on the same property or taking them to a registered vet for euthanasia. Relocation of possums is prohibited. Common Ringtail Possums remain fully protected and may not be trapped.

Q. Can I destroy Common Brushtail Possums myself?

A. No. Only a registered veterinarian can legally euthanase Common Brushtail Possums. All other possums, including the Common Ringtail Possum, remain fully protected in Victoria and must not be euthanased or relocated.

Q. Why are possums protected at all?

A. Possums are native wildlife. All native wildlife is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. (For the purposes of the Wildlife Act, native wildlife includes birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians that occur naturally in Australia). This protection follows community expectations that place the responsibility on all of us to look after our native wildlife.

Links

Possum Removal Services - Melbourne’s Premier Possum Removal Service.

Department of Sustainability and Environment - Victorian government info on problem possums.

Native Animal Network Assosiation - Care and rehabilitation for Australian native animals.