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2011-05-05 / Community News

Outdoor News

May 2, 2011
by Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

I had an interesting experience the other morning after receiving a call from a local resident complaining about possums in her house. After reaching her location, I collected my critter removal tools, a long handle dip net and snake tongs. As I entered the house, her Chihuahua dogs were going wild. A baby possum was located in a bedroom. I caught and removed it. I drove about 3 miles down the road to a dry creek bed and released the animal. As I was leaving the release sight, my phone rang. She was calling to inform me the dogs had cornered another possum. In the span of 2 hours, a total of 3 baby possums were located, caught and released.

This serves as a reminder if your pets do not eat their food; it encourages a host of critters to partake in the bounty. If you encounter such animals, the easiest thing to do is remove them with a fishing dip net or set a humane box trap which can be purchased at area businesses. Check all avenues of entry around homes and outside buildings. Once the entry point is discovered, cover it up the best way possible. Another option is to search the yellow pages for professional companies that remove and deter animal activity.

I may be contacted at 979- 540- 0194 or by email at victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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