LIVING WITH WILDLIFE: Brushtail possums

Brushtail possums: “street kids of the bush” - lovable but exasperating!

Possums are irrational animals/humans should be rational = we should use our intelligence to observe and manage possums.

Our aim has been to maintain a stable population of possums: trapping for relocation, shooting (the “12 gauge solution”) and poisoning destabilises the local population by removing dominant older possums. There is then a surge of juveniles to fill the “feed/power” gap. Research shows that continuous destabilisation of mammal populations in a sub region means an overall increase in numbers.

Managing possums

For further information on management of your bushland refer to the Tasmanian Bushcare Toolkit.

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