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Well, that was a first

Opened the back door to bring Maggie in and there was a possum getting up in Maggie's grill empty food bowl, right there on the back landing.

First time I've seen a possum in Happy Little Bungalow land. Even raccoons are rare due to the density of both human and dog populations.

Possum played possum and hid. The practice of leaving Maggie's dinner out for her will be suspended for at least a while.

(Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am currently powerless to stop obsessively checking political blogs in my short periods home from work. I've even started reading Wonkette again. I promise to update more.)

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darksumomo
Oct. 18th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
I'm with you on obsessively checking political blogs. My online life won't return back to normal until Guy Fawkes Day at the earliest.

Speaking of political blogs, I don't suppose you catch my weekly science roundup on Daily Kos?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 18th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
re: Well, that was a first
We had a possum when I lived on Ellis street. Had a cat door into the back yard, and the coons and possums would come by to munch on the catfood in the kitchen. Mama coon couldn't make it through the door (have you *seen* Berkeley coons? They're the size of small dogs), but she sent her babies in. The possum ran around the house for a while, and finally my housemate picked it up by the scruff of the neck. I got a mug shot of him and the possum with the refrigerator as a backdrop. They both have the same grin (him because he grinned that way; the possum because of the scruff hold). I guess that experience was enough for the little guy - he didn't come back later.

That was around 1993 or so. Do you have fewer possums and coons, now?
velochicdunord
Oct. 18th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Don't know about your 'hood, but here in T-dot, dense residential and lots of dogs has done _nothing_ to control raccoon (and migrant possum) populations. We have an ongoing evolutionary esperiment in progress; the city's first round of green (compostables) bins weren't field tested before deployment and the entire city's raccoon population welcomed the new food source by having lots of babies. _Lots_ of babies....

The latest round were tested for raccoon permability, but the bandit-masked beings responded by learning to tip the bins over and jump on the sides. A thirty pound raccoon can make them crack on a good day and then sharp teeth and claws can open them up.

They don't even bother moving off the sidewalk for humans anymore.
backrowbass
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm another political junkie this time around, in a way I haven't been since I was a kid watching the conventions with my mother.

Possums appear to thrive everywhere. I had one hiss at me and try to keep me from my car in S.F. one time. I don't think I'd have dared to pick one up - critter control is what brooms are for, right?
prairierabbit
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
I had one hover outside my kitchen door for a short period of time. It wanted to come in, but alas no cat door. So it tried to outwait me--however the menacing me barking like a dog skeered it off. FSVO skeered off--it sloooooooowly moved away from the door. *grin*
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