This opossum has been giving us trouble for weeks! I think he basically made a nice home for himself snacking on chicken feed and gorging himself on anything I am growing in the garden. I find poop in the garden every time I go out there and it takes away that warm, fuzzy, I grew clean vegetables myself feeling. We have a hot tub in the back and every time we have gotten in for the past two weeks it has ended with my husband running around the backyard in the dark in his swimsuit chasing this opossum with a 2x4. Nothing we can do seems to scare him, even when we give him a few nudges with the board.
The guys get him under the pot, although he is unhappy about it, and pile the top with rocks and stepping stones. I called about 5 animal control numbers but couldn't get any help. The said that because of cut funding nobody would come get the opossum and the private company charged $250 dollars! Instead of doing anything we go inside for a peaceful snack on persimmons and open presents.
The sun sets and when it gets dark we figure we should probably address the little issue we have in the back. So Justin's saws off a piece of particle board so it will fit in the back of the 4 runner (our new, very clean car). We slid it under the pot with opossum very carefully carried it to the front of the house and loaded it in the car. I drove and Justin sat in the back with to make sure he didn't get out and come get us while we were driving!
So, in a less dramatic way, I stood by with a 2X4, Justin crawled in the back of the car, lifted up the top of the pot and out ran the opossum.
The moral of the story is, it made me glad that we live in the city and that the only animals we have to deal with are not that major! Crises everted and we found a nice home for that pesky rodent!