Skip to comments.Man shoots and kills large rabid possum(CA)
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.
Time was, you shot a rabid animal, you got a well done.
I should hope the advice was: "Take careful aim when you're shooting rabid animals within city limits."
Perhaps it is better to capture it and release it inside City Hall or Police Headquarters?
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).
Wouldn’t hurt a thing, the animals there are already rabid
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.
Whether rabid or not we shoot coons around here.
Any comments on the olfactory factors?
I shoot the rabid neighbors
Veterinarians have told me that it just does not happen.
Any mammal can contract rabies....
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.
I was unaware of that.
I'll make a note of that fact for future reference.
I had coon infestations in my attic and barn . After going through that I have no problem shooting them.
Shoot.... Shovel.... Shut-up...
Maybe those southerners do know a thing or two!
Humor only.... no flames please
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!”
Thanks for the chuckle!
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.
Nice....you need to add a suppressor to that!!
>> 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.”
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.
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...
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.
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.
I think you are correct.
Very unlikely the possum was rabid.
I read about EPM. It sounds very nasty.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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