Possum sighting in Hemmingford, Quebec

by Michael Nowack
(Hinchinbrooke, Quebec, Canada)

Opossum at the side of the road in Hemmingford, Quebec - February 2017

Opossum at the side of the road in Hemmingford, Quebec - February 2017

Opossum at the side of the road in Hemmingford, Quebec - February 2017
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I am delivering mail this week in Hemmingford (Quebec) and on my route I noticed yesterday, February 8, 2017, a dead animal across the street and on the side of the road.

I couldn't leave the car. Driving by with just a quick glance it looked unusual, very much like an Opossum. I was thinking "Naaa! Not in Quebec, and not in the middle of winter!"

Driving home I kept wondering about it. Today, coming by the same spot, two crows were busy with something. I stopped, grabbed my phone and walked across the street. The crows flew off and there it was -- a Possum.

Poor thing must have been hit by a car or even a snow plow.

I am sorry to say, the pictures are rather 'graphic'.

It was a sad, yet awesome discovery, since I have never seen a real Opossum before.

I am wondering if this may have been somebody's pet that got away or if these animals are starting to settle into Quebec?

PS: I apologize for the picture quality. This phone only had a very basic camera.

PPS: I realize this site is about southern Ontario, but you are the only place I could find that is interested in Canadian Opossums, and because we are Neighbours.

If somebody knows a Quebec contact that is also interested in this discovery, please let me know.

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May 16, 2017
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Opossum sightings
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One was caught in a live trap in Johnville Quebec May 16th 2017

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Possum
by: Anonymous

We had a Possum trolling the trailers at West Montrose, Ontario, a few years ago. The cat was hissing at something and when we got our flashlight out we spotted it. It stayed for a couple of weeks then disappeared just as quick. They hitch rides on transport trucks and leave when stopped.

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