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Man shoots and kills large rabid possum(CA)
Humbolt Beacon ^

Posted on 06/26/2009 4:02:57 AM PDT by marktwain

A caller told police he had shot a large rabid possum in his front yard and was concerned that the possum might attack his dog. He was advised on discharging a firearm in city limits.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: banglist; ca; possum
Not much to this story.
1 posted on 06/26/2009 4:02:57 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

“Advised?”


2 posted on 06/26/2009 4:18:30 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: marktwain

Time was, you shot a rabid animal, you got a well done.


3 posted on 06/26/2009 4:18:31 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rent this space.)
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To: marktwain
"He was advised on discharging a firearm in city limits."

I should hope the advice was: "Take careful aim when you're shooting rabid animals within city limits."

4 posted on 06/26/2009 4:21:38 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: marktwain
"He was advised on discharging a firearm in city limits."

Perhaps it is better to capture it and release it inside City Hall or Police Headquarters?

5 posted on 06/26/2009 4:24:41 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

How did he know possum was rabid? Was it tested? A possum will grin at you, drool, etc. before it goes into it’s dead animal trick. There are a lot of people out there that have no idea what nature is anymore, they grew up in their safe little houses in front of the tube and never took a step in the woods. May not be the case here but I have seen it often. Every racoon seen in my exurban neighborhood is “rabid” according to the newly rurified neighbors around here. (They also complain about the loud noises, i.e. cows mooing, from the farm next door).


6 posted on 06/26/2009 4:25:24 AM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Sanford(??) 2012)
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To: marktwain
Slow news day?
7 posted on 06/26/2009 4:29:19 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Bon mots

Wouldn’t hurt a thing, the animals there are already rabid


8 posted on 06/26/2009 4:31:46 AM PDT by Quickgun
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To: marktwain

A couple of years back we had a rabid raccoon stumbling around in our back yard. I went to get my .22 to shoot it but my wife told me no. I obeyed and she called the Sheriff. The deputy came out and observed the raccoon and asked me if I had a .22 to kill it with. I went in, got the .22 and shot the raccoon. He didn’t want to discharge his sidearm in city limits.


9 posted on 06/26/2009 4:32:57 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: AUH2O Repub

Whether rabid or not we shoot coons around here.


10 posted on 06/26/2009 4:35:01 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: AUH2O Repub
(They also complain about the loud noises, i.e. cows mooing, from the farm next door).

Any comments on the olfactory factors?

11 posted on 06/26/2009 4:38:32 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: AUH2O Repub
I believe I read somewhere that a possum's body temperature is too low to support the rabies virus. Rabies in a possum is rare.
12 posted on 06/26/2009 4:40:28 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: marktwain

I shoot the rabid neighbors


13 posted on 06/26/2009 4:49:29 AM PDT by MountainDad
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To: Mister Da

Veterinarians have told me that it just does not happen.


14 posted on 06/26/2009 4:50:02 AM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: AUH2O Repub

Any mammal can contract rabies....


15 posted on 06/26/2009 4:50:56 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Mister Da; vetvetdoug

I don’t know about the body temperature thing, but you are correct that rabies in possums is rare. In treating humans with wild animal bites, we are taught to assume that bites from skunks, bats, raccoons and foxes are contaminated with rabies and treat accordingly, unless the animal can be tested.

I’ll ping our resident veterinarian, Doug, for his opinion.


16 posted on 06/26/2009 4:54:50 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: DuncanWaring
Any comments on the olfactory factors?
Just pasture next to the neighborhood, otherwise I'm sure I would hear about all of the "nasty" smells from that "dirty" farm. BTW, did you know that every snake is a copperhead also?
17 posted on 06/26/2009 4:56:19 AM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Sanford(??) 2012)
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To: Joe Boucher
Whether rabid or not we shoot coons around here.
And the reason is??
18 posted on 06/26/2009 5:02:15 AM PDT by AUH2O Repub (Palin/Sanford(??) 2012)
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To: AUH2O Repub
...did you know that every snake is a copperhead also?

I was unaware of that.

I'll make a note of that fact for future reference.

19 posted on 06/26/2009 5:05:16 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: AUH2O Repub
Whether rabid or not we shoot coons around here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And the reason is??

I had coon infestations in my attic and barn . After going through that I have no problem shooting them.

20 posted on 06/26/2009 5:07:14 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: marktwain
PEOPLES REPUBLIK OF KALIFORNIA...
Shoot.... call cops... get "advised"...

Better plan:
Shoot.... Shovel.... Shut-up...

Maybe those southerners do know a thing or two!

Humor only.... no flames please

21 posted on 06/26/2009 5:07:38 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: AUH2O Repub

My 2 yr old and I have a joke about possums...

Me: “What sound does a possum make?”
Her: “Thump thump.... and a deer goes WHAM!”


22 posted on 06/26/2009 5:10:28 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: MrB

Thanks for the chuckle!


23 posted on 06/26/2009 5:16:04 AM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: Bon mots
Perhaps it is better to capture it and release it inside City Hall or Police Headquarters?

Just don't use this approach with skunks. Remember to take careful aim with your trusty Ruger 10/22 with scope and get them in the eye before they have a chance to release that fine perfume.


24 posted on 06/26/2009 5:16:16 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, In the Heart of Maynard Dixon Country)
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To: AUH2O Repub
Hell, where I came from if dogs ran in packs they got shot. Coons were hunted and shot.
25 posted on 06/26/2009 6:05:57 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - MARSOC DAD)
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To: Utah Binger

Nice....you need to add a suppressor to that!!


26 posted on 06/26/2009 6:20:26 AM PDT by DCBryan1 ( Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute child molesters RFN!)
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To: old curmudgeon; Mister Da

>> Veterinarians have told me that it just does not happen <<

I was told the same thing by my county animal control office when my dogs murdered a possum in the back yard.

I offered to take them the corpse for rabies testing, but they said, “Don’t bother. Just double-bag the thing in plastic garbage bags and put in the can for your regular Monday trash pick-up.”


27 posted on 06/26/2009 7:26:21 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: marktwain
Not much to this story.

It's a two-liner taken from the daily police report, which can provide interesting reading some times.
As in: "8:30 a.m. Animal Control responded to a report of a deceased squirrel on Rohnerville Road. It was transported for proper disposal."
i.e. said squirrel deposited in a bag and dumped in the trash, as per post #27. In the "possum affair", poster #21 had the right approach - S S S.

28 posted on 06/26/2009 7:39:25 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Mister Da

Many different species have vastly different normal body temp. Dogs are higher than humans, so are lots of farm animals...We had a bad rabies outbreak in the rural county when I live...Had a horse and a cow get rabies and that was a first for me. I never thought of those animals getting rabies...Any animal can get it...


29 posted on 06/26/2009 12:34:38 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: CholeraJoe; Mister Da
Opossums have a body temperature of 97 degrees which is only a degree lower than we humans. My first thought was that opossums are warm blooded therefore they can transmit or carry rabies (which is correct). Rabies in opossums is rare and they may have some natural immunity because they are carrion feeders or prey upon the moribund, just like the vultures immunity against botulism. Now, opossums are really nasty and vile creatures and their bite would be like that of a Komodo dragon, full of nasty bacteria. Opossums are one of the most heavily parasitized animals that I have ever necropsied. They are typically infected with a heavy burden of intestinal parasites and protozoans. Any opossum bite would cause concern for a result with an a)infection b)tetanus and rabies. Opossums carry a nasty protozoan that if a horse gets infected with it will cause a meningitis that can be debilitating. For that reason alone, opossums are lead magnets on my property. I wouldn't doubt that they carry a disease that hasn't been diagnosed correctly in humans that originates from opossums. It took years to find out that protozoal myeloencephalitis in horses originated from opossums.
30 posted on 06/26/2009 1:21:47 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: sausageseller

Anyone that has had the experience of raccoons inhabiting the house or barn will do the same as you and I have done. Raccoons are destructive creatures and don’t belong in close proximity with humans and their pets. They will kill small dogs and cats and tear up food intended for animals or us. Raccoons can destroy a corn field in a matter of days. If one has a garden, they can destroy it in one night. If one has a chicken house, they will kill all of the chickens in a house in one night and destroy the eggs. I can live trap them and there are families around here that Bar B Que the young healthy ones.


31 posted on 06/26/2009 1:27:39 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Interesting notes; Thanks Doug. I was just recounting to somebody the other day how my old shep, Timber, dispatched two ‘possums back when we were living in PA.


32 posted on 06/26/2009 1:36:18 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mister Da
I believe I read somewhere that a possum's body temperature is too low to support the rabies virus. Rabies in a possum is rare.

I think you are correct.

Very unlikely the possum was rabid.

33 posted on 06/26/2009 1:46:29 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: vetvetdoug; Mister Da
Thanks. I, too have necropsied possums. I can't believe people eat them. They can carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi which causes Chagas' disease in humans, and is spread by the bite of insects in the Rejuvid family. There was an episode of "House" about Chagas' disease. It took me about 10 minutes to make the diagnosis and it took House the whole show.

I read about EPM. It sounds very nasty.

34 posted on 06/26/2009 2:01:47 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: marktwain

Dude, it was Humbolt, home of Humbolt U and a haven for unwashed liberals. There was even a Joan Baez in Concert poster in the “historic” hotel we stayed in a couple years ago in Acada. It’s what you’d expect of a socialist paradise— lots of vagrants, tatoo parlors, bar after run-down bar, rusted VW micro busses everywhere...


35 posted on 06/26/2009 2:18:41 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus
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To: vetvetdoug

Thanks for the solid info.

We have possums in our back yard at night, usually on the fence. It gives the dog something to bark at. They don’t bother me, so I don’t bother them. Curious creature - vile looking!

I read they don’t live long - 4-5 years max. The article mentioned the possum was large. Perhaps it was old & dying.


36 posted on 06/26/2009 5:25:04 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da
Rabies in a possum is rare.

Agreed. Sometimes in hot dry weather Possums, especially if they are nursing a litter will venture out in the day looking for food or water. On the other hand, while rarely being rabid, Possums are a vector for Chagas Disease. yuck.

37 posted on 06/26/2009 10:02:18 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Mister Da

We had a litter of baby possums born under the deck between our house and garage this spring.

I heard noises in the garage for a few days but attributed it to mice or the wind until I almost stepped on a baby possum one night when it came out from between a couple boxes under the workbench.

Over the next five days I removed 10 of them from the garage (some may have been repeats, as there was a small hole in the garage wall they were using to enter and exit) by either live-trapping, shooing them out the door, or just picking them up by the tail and carrying them outside.

The problem went away after I patched up the hole in the wall, and I haven’t seen one in a couple weeks now.


38 posted on 06/27/2009 6:48:38 AM PDT by NorthWoody (A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. - Theodore Roosevelt)
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