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Historically, there have been a lot of services
that were offered by local and regional government
that are no longer available, and in the majority
of areas the animal services departments will have
been cut back significantly over recent decades.
This means that in many cases they may not be able
to offer as many services as they might have done
historically, and dealing with pest animals is a
service that most regional services will no longer
offer. This will mean that you will need to
consider whether or not you can deal with the
opossum issue yourself or if you need to bring in
an expert to solve the issue.
Is There A Public Health Issue?
There is generally only a small number of
situations in which the city or county animal
services departments will be able to help with an
opossum problem, and generally this is when the
issue will affect public health on a broader
level. This can include situations such as where
the opossums are active around schools or centers
for disabled people, or when the opossums are
causing significant damage to public property. If
there isn't a public health issue, then the
reality is that the city or county animal services
departments will advise you that there isn't much
that they can do to help.
What The Animal Services Can Help With
One of the areas in which the animal services
departments may be able to help is in terms of
giving you contacts of professionals who may be
able to help, while they may also be able to point
you in the right direction for resources about
trapping and removing opossums. They should be
able to give you some guidance on whether or not
you can relocate an opossum in your area, and
where relocation is prohibited some animal
services departments will offer assistance in
terms of euthanasia and disposing of the animal's
Should You Try To Deal With The Problem
Yourself Or Hire A Professional?
This will largely depend on how much time you have
available and whether or not you can afford to pay
a professional to trap and remove the opossums for
you. These animals are not particularly clever or
elusive when a trap is placed and used correctly,
but it is certainly time consuming and can also
lead to health risks if you don't wear the right
protective clothing, breathing masks and goggles.
For more information, you may want to click on one
of these guides that I wrote:
much does opossum removal cost?
- get the
lowdown on prices.
to get rid of opossums
- my main opossum
removal info guide.
opossum trapping photographs
- learn from great examples of
opossum jobs I've done.