Possum Sighting

by B Bishop
(Odessa, Ontario, Canada)

I live in Odessa, Ontario, which is a small town just west of Kingston.


We have a small creek in our back yard, and today looking out my window, I saw a Possum.

Rubbing my eyes, I looked again, and sure enough thats what it was!

I had no idea they were even around here.

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Aug 05, 2017
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Ajax - Salem and Kerrison
by: Anonymous

Saw a huge possum on our deck. It roamed around our patio furniture. No fear - didn't get scared when we turn out our lights. I know they are harmless but my family was panicking.

Jul 11, 2017
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Possum Cruisin' Downtown Kitchener
by: Kate

Two nights in a row over this weekend I've seen a pretty healthy-sized possum cruisin' around Scott and Weber which is right in downtown Kitchener -- although my husband thought I'd had one too many glasses of wine when I told him! Late on Saturday night I was sitting very quietly on my back deck and the little fella came right up on the deck and nibbled briefly on a small dish of cat food which was sitting no more than about 5 feet away from me. I just sat real still and watched him until he waddled off again on his night tour -- I don't think he even knew I was there. Hope to see him on one of his visits again (but I'll take away the cat food!)

Jun 05, 2017
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Kitchener Ontario Sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw a large possum near Ottawa and Lackner in Kitchener. No mistaking it!

Apr 30, 2017
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Possum sighting in Waterloo, Ontario
by: Anonymous

Our home backs onto a greenbelt with a small creek that runs all year round. I saw the possum come out of its burrow, that I thought belonged to a pair of rabbits, and proceeded to look for food in our flower garden. At first I thought it was a large rat, then realized it was to big for a rat, it was the size of a cat. I was taken back and very surprised to discover it was a POSSUM. Might be the first sighting in Waterloo.

Apr 25, 2017
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Backyard duo
by: Anonymous

A pair was mating at length in Etobicoke backyard. Checked later and saw no sign of nesting on our property.

Apr 11, 2017
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Sighting in Dixie and South Service Rd
by: Anonymous

Possum Dixie mall area - I walked in my garage, I moved, it ran back out!

Feb 12, 2017
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Possum sighting in February
by: Anonymous

Saw a Possum crossing the Main Street in Beeton, Ontario around 1:00 am on February 12, 2017.

Jan 11, 2017
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Possum Sighting
by: A.Lacey

I live 30 km northeast of Peterborough and a friend who lives nearby caught a Possum on camera... in the middle of Winter!

Dec 08, 2016
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They are here too
by: Country Life

Union / Port Stanley area - I saw one crossing the road in the afternoon on Fairview Ave on Monday, in the next couple of days the poor thing has been hit & killed by vehicle. Saw one last night 11 pm on Dexter Line. FYI if you ever were to come across a dead one, there would be a great chance that there are babies in the pouch. If you have a wildlife rehabilitation center in your area, you could save their lives. It would be a good idea is to look up for your area and find out what they will rescue.

Nov 25, 2016
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Sighting in North Oakville
by: Anonymous

Had one in our backyard this evening. Didn't play dead just hissed and stood still. Fortunately the dog chased it and it ran between the houses. Have not seen one before here in North Oakville.

Nov 15, 2016
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Opposum in Pickering
by: Anonymous

We spotted an Opossum in our driveway on November 15th, 2016, around 10:30 at night. We live in Pickering Spruce Hill and Strouds Lane area.

Nov 02, 2016
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Possum in Waterloo
by: Anonymous

I just spotted one last night around 10 pm on my front yard, maybe checking out my bird feeders?

Oct 27, 2016
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More sightings in Markham
by: Anonymous

One very big Possum wandering around my front yard in the evening.

Oct 26, 2016
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Big Possum in Markham
by: Anonymous

Second time in 2016 to see a Possum. First time in August, now in late October. The first one was more brownish, this latest one was much more grey.

Oct 18, 2016
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Rossland & Westney
by: Anonymous

Baby possum caught by my dog in my backyard last night around 10 pm. It played dead when hubby got my dog to release it. It stayed that way for about 30 minutes before wandering out to front lawn where it disappeared into the night.

Sep 19, 2016
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Mississauga
by: Anonymous

I saw two on my backyard fence at 11:30 pm. I went outside and took a picture, I was less than 10 feet away and it had zero fear of me - there are lots of apples in the yard.

Sep 07, 2016
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Possum in west Pickering...Altona Rd./Hwy 2
by: Anonymous

Walked right up our front walkway @ 11:45pm on September 6th, 2016. (We have an enclosed front porch & were sitting on the chairs inside it). It even stood on it's back legs & looked up at our front screen door. We didn't move... didn't want to scare it off. Also didn't let it in, lol. It wandered off in the dark around the side of our house. Was very cool to see up close.

Aug 23, 2016
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2:30 am Cobourg visit
by: Anonymous

On August 23/2016 at 2:30 am, my husband decided to take a few items out to the blue bin which was the curb. To his surprise, he saw a Possum in my garden! The Possum didn't hiss or make a noise, but did turn his body sideways and gave a nasty glare.

Aug 03, 2016
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Sighting in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

Looked out into the backyard and saw a possum underneath the lounge chair. Flickered the lights on and off and saw it scurry under the fence. Second sighting in 1 week.

Aug 03, 2016
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South Ajax
by: Anonymous

This possum had been seen on my fence facing Westney Rd. Then twice scaring us along the house and in the back yard. It doesn't seem too friendly, it stands it's ground hissing till we back off to the deck then it heads off on it's way. I was looking them up when I came across these postings.

May 06, 2016
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Opossum central Oshawa
by: Anonymous

Around 9:30 pm tonight saw an Opossum sitting near the middle of our quiet residential street. He looked scared or injured. Didn't move at all while we stood close by. One of our neighbors called wildlife control. I was heading out for a couple of hours, just got back home at 11:30 pm and he is no longer there. Not sure if they captured him or not. Poor fella.

Mar 22, 2016
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Oshawa Possum sighting
by: Anonymous

We just saw a large Possum on the back of our fence near the Oshawa dog park, in the suburbs 8:30 pm. Our 12 year old labradoodle barked her head off and we saw a weird shadow. We got a flashlight and confirmed that it was a Possum. It wasn't moving (playing possum) until we got our dog to stop barking a bit. We had never seen a Possum so it was pretty cool!

Mar 08, 2016
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Possum in Mississauga
by: Arlene

Saw a large possum by my walkway early this morning. When it saw my dog, it ran away. By the way, it's garbage day so it must be looking for food somewhere. First time I've seen one in my area (last 20 years).

Feb 28, 2016
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Opossum Sighting in Barrie
by: Anonymous

I can't believe it ... I just had an Opossum on my front doorstep. I think this guy has been around for a while as my dog has been going crazy ... now I know why. I live right in the city of Barrie, Ontario.

Feb 20, 2016
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Possum Oshawa
by: Anonymous

My daughter just looked into our small residential fenced in back yard in North-West Oshawa bordering Whitby, and saw a huge Possum just wandering around our backyard. Wondering if he has been living around our warm hot tub.

Feb 02, 2016
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Oshawa Possum
by: Anonymous

We saw a possum in our backyard at about 10 am. It was just walking along the house.

Feb 02, 2016
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London Possum
by: Anonymous

Saturday, January 30, 2016 about 10 pm I thought"What an ugly cat" then realized it was a Possum and after it stared at me went on its way.

Feb 01, 2016
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Possum in hamilton
by: Anonymous

I saw a white Possum in the west Hamilton area last night. First sighting of one for me and I have lived in Ontario all of my life and have never seen one before. Since it was dark and he was crossing the road, I had no idea what it was...lol

Jan 29, 2016
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Possum in Markham
by: Anonymous

Captured by backyard CCTV at 00:58 this morning. Did some playback and found it wandered in backyard on 26th 08:26 and went through front driveway then crossed the road...

Dec 09, 2015
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Possum in Waterloo
by: Anonymous

Possum turned up on our back fence about 6 am this morning. The dog went crazy barking and jumping up at it, but it didn't seem to mind. Was still sitting there hours later.

Oct 08, 2015
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Calm Possum on driveway
by: Anonymous

I parked on my driveway and opened the car door tonight at 11 pm. As I was gathering my things, a straggly Possum, the size of small to medium cat, sauntered right by the car door and moved towards the garage. I did not see where it went. I'm afraid it's in my backyard and I have two small dogs. This is East of Dixie north of Bloor.

The Possum poses no threat to your dogs, they fall over and "play dead" when they are cornered or threatened. They will avoid your dogs if they can and usually spend their time under a shed or front steps, and seem to mind their own business.

Sep 10, 2015
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Etobicoke Sighting
by: Anonymous

Noticed some animal droppings I could not recognize over the last coupke of weeks. I think I have found the culprit. Just went to take garbage out and saw the Possum walking along the ground at my back fence. It looked at me and kept walking behind my garage.

Aug 24, 2015
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Possums in Oshawa
by: Anonymous

I've had two Possums move into my back yard this summer. One is dark brown and the other is cream-coloured.

Aug 14, 2015
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Ugly four legged friend
by: Meditation possumAnonymous

Sitting on the porch in Milton, Meditating, open my eyes and the Possum was 2 feet away. Calm and curious until I moved, then it took refuge in the bush.
All My Relations





Aug 02, 2015
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Possum in my driveway in Richmond Hill
by: Anonymous

Woke this morning to find a possum lying on my driveway in Richmond Hill, just north of Highway 7 and Bayview Ave. At first suspected it was sleeping, but soon concluded that it had died for an unknown reason. It was larger than a cat, had fangs protruding from its closed mouth and a long snout and tail. Scary looking creature. I gave it a respectful burial. Was surprised to see a possum in a residential subdivision!

May 06, 2015
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Possum in Richmond Hill
by: Anonymous

Just saw one crossing the roads on Bayview Ave, north of Highway 7. Almost ran into it. It stared at us, and looked confused.

Mar 27, 2015
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Mexican Stand-off
by: Anonymous

Yonge/Sheppard area.
It was just before 3 am and I went out the back of my work to have a cigarette break.
I thought it was a cat at first as it crossed the street toward me and I lost sight of it as it became obscured by the low retaining wall. It followed the wall curve around to my area and sure enough, it was an opossum. I thought I should take a picture of it, so I would be believed, and as it walked away from me, I took a step toward it. That first step had the sizable varmint spinning around to stare at me. Since I know any animal can be dangerous when feeling threatened, it was decided by mutual agreement between myself and the opossum that I would NOT take the picture and it would walk away, both of us unscathed from the impromptu encounter and surviving the Mexican-style stand-off.
First time I've ever seen one and I must admit I'm rather smitten.
Thank you for your comments, and my first chuckle of the day!

Mar 09, 2015
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Possum in Oshawa
by: Leanne

Possum hanging out by the, dog house. Large and gross. Husband scared it away with a hockey stick.

Mar 08, 2015
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Possum sighting
by: Rooney

I spotted a Possum on March 8th, 2015, crossing Victoria Park, just North of Queen Street East, in Toronto. It was moving very slowly and looked quite large.

Mar 07, 2015
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Possum in Aurora
by: Anonymous

It walked out from under my car, climbed the front steps, walked across the front porch and down the side of my house backing onto the Aurora Arboretum.

Jan 29, 2015
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Opossum in Etobicoke
by: Anonymous

Saw one last night next to a townhouse complex at Rathburn and West Mall.

Jan 28, 2015
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Agincourt Opossum
by: Anonymous

I spotted an Opossum in our back yard this evening scavenging for bird seeds under the feeder - definitely a healthy one as it was larger than a large cat - I thought it was a raccoon until I saw the tail and snout.

Jan 18, 2015
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Saw an Opossum for the first time!
by: Anonymous

Spotted an Opossum in Waterloo, Ontario. It was walking in front of some student housing on Sunview Street near University Ave. It was dark so I thought it was a Groundhog at first but then it turned around and I recognized the face immediately :)

Dec 25, 2014
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Christmas 2014 Possum Sighting
by: Anonymous

Woke up Christmas morning to a Possum scaling our backyard fence. We have never seen one before. We were able to get very close to him and took some great pictures. We live in Courtice, Ontario.

Nov 30, 2014
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Opossum toronto
by: Steve

We had an Opossum on our porch this morning in Toronto. I did take one photo and some video of him, he did not run and did not seem afraid of me. We are in the Black Creek and Tretheway area

Nov 08, 2014
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Possum Sighting
by: Anonymous

Just saw a Possum walking past my porch near the Danforth of Toronto.

Nov 04, 2014
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Possum sighting
by: Anonymous

I just saw a possum eating out of compost pile, in Cobourg, Ontario, at 11 pm. Its the first one I have ever seen in the wild. I'm forty two.

Oct 11, 2014
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Possum under my porch
by: Anonymous

My dog ran under the porch when I opened the door and I knew that there had to be something under there. Well I just had to find what it was. Oh my God, it had beady little eyes, a long snout and lots of sharp teeth! Aghhhhh it's a Possum! Well it will be getting an eviction notice shortly - Possum Pie anyone?

Sep 30, 2014
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Opossum in Markham
by: Anonymous

First I've ever seen one in town before, and it was right in my backyard below the bird-feeder. Lots of teeth and big claws.

Aug 26, 2014
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Possum Midtown Toronto
by: Anna

Last night about 10:00 pm I looked out my front door and noticed a fairly large possum come out from shrubs between my house and my neighbours. It slowly walked across the street and disappeared down a lane-way. I used to see a few a couple of years ago, but figured with the bitter winter we had they may not have survived. I guess I was wrong. Now I am wondering where it came from. Seems from the number of recent posts here that not only have possums survived the cold, they are thriving in Ontario.

Aug 11, 2014
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Possum in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

My dog Bella just found a possum in the trees in our backyard. Bella was going a little crazy in the backyard and I went out to see what was going on and there she was barking at a possum. I had never seen one before and it was a surprise.

Jul 08, 2014
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Opossum sighting in Ajax
by: Anonymous

I live at Salem Road and Kingston Road in Ajax, Ontario, and I just saw an Opossum in my front yard. Thank God I was inside. I was scared crapless. I've never seen one before. I thought it was a large rat!

Nah, you'd be fine, they're pretty harmless! Thanks for writing to tell us!

Jun 15, 2014
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Possum on road in Burlington
by: Anonymous

I have seen two dead possums, road kill in Hamilton and Burlington within two days. I didn't even know they were in Ontario.

May 30, 2014
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Possum in underground parking
by: Joan

Last evening after the Blue Jays game we went to our car which was parked underground in the building adjacent to Fionn McCools pub. We saw what looked like a very large rat running across the garage floor. We looked it up and yep....it was a Possum!

May 13, 2014
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Possums and Equine Disease
by: Anonymous

I recently learned that Possum droppings in pasture or feed areas can cause Equine protozoan myeloencephalitis, a neurological disease. It is not contagious but I was very surprised to learn that there may be Possums in the Napanee/Odessa area. I personally have never seen one but will be on the look out in future.

May 13, 2014
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Uxbridge
by: Anonymous

Driving home tonight (garbage night) a creepy animal
walked in front of the car with big eyes and a long pink tail. It looked like a rat on steroids, it freaked me out as it looked so out of place here in Ontario. I now know what it was thanks to this website....

Apr 29, 2014
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Sighting in Richmond Hill
by: David

Caught a healthy one in my have-a-heart trap and let it go this morning. Good size, funny face, and scampered like a spooked rat when I set it free. Yes folks, there are Possum in Richmond Hill!

Apr 08, 2014
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Possum
by: Anonymous

We live right in the centre of the city of Belleville. My husband unfortunately found a frozen Possum in some ice at the bottom of an outdoor garbage can. Very gross. We have seen raccoons and were convinced that any garbage mess we found was because of them. Now we know there is something else to blame.

Mar 25, 2014
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Possum in Pickering
by: AmandaI

The other night, my husband said when he pulled in the driveway he saw a weird looking animal the size of a cat, with a long, rat tail. It looked at him and then ran under a bush and watched him come inside. He was creeped out. I thought it was a possum, but thought they were rare this far north.

Today I noticed our garbage can knocked over and bags ripped open. Raccoons! I thought. But when I went to clean it up, I saw a big, furry possum IN the garbage can! I shoo'd him away and yelled "Don't you eat our garbage, possum!" As he ran away, but I don't think he listened. ;)

We're at Liverpool and Bayly in Pickering. I've seen lots of wildlife in my time, but this is my first Possum sighting!

Mar 20, 2014
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Opossum
by: D Benn

Dale Road area north of Coburg, Ontario.
I was just out on the deck and saw what I thought was a cat at my neighbors bird feeder.
I was brown with a bushy tail. When it waddled away the side profile with that pointed snout told me it wasn't a cat but a opossum.
I thought they had rat tails but after reading here I see they don't all have that.

Mar 20, 2014
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Guelph, north-east
by: Anonymous

Opossum seen around 6pm on the driveway beside the house

Mar 19, 2014
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Stockdale, Ontario Opossum
by: Anonymous

Was surprised to see a Opossum climbing around our patio furniture and barbeque. Had no idea that they could survive in this climate.

Mar 15, 2014
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Possum on snow bank
by: Anonymous

We live in Brampton, backing out of my drive way felt like someone was staring at me. Looked around and the possum is looking at me like, why is this woman staring at me! Lol
Never seen a possum in Canada.

Mar 14, 2014
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Possum in Port Credit
by: Anonymous

Husband and son going outside for a walk when he said - look on the front lawn quick! An opossum! It sat in my flower bed under the three cedars for a while - just hanging out! Surprised to see it during daylight hours.

Mar 14, 2014
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Possum in Belleville
by: SAMMY

I live in a quiet neighbourhood and could not believe my eyes. A large possum crossing the street and laying on my neighbour's front step. Why are they here?

Mar 13, 2014
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Opossum in Guelph
by: Anonymous

Saw a yearling opossum in the driveway in the early evening on March 10 and 11 2014

Mar 09, 2014
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Opossum removed from garage in Milton
by: Anonymous

Removed an opossum from our garage in Milton today, after it had been enjoying our dog's treats.

Mar 01, 2014
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Two Possums
by: Anonymous

Two possums seen in the woods in LaSalle, Ontario late this afternoon.

Feb 19, 2014
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Oshawa
by: Anonymous

Just photoed a possum on the back fence bravely looking around

Feb 19, 2014
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Opossum Ajax ON
by: Anonymous

Just saw an opossum eating the bird seed under the feeder. Never seen one here before.

Feb 15, 2014
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Possum seen this week in Erin Mills
by: Anonymous

Saw one for the first time in the backyard this week. Other time was near the 403 and Dundas area, I almost ran one over.

Feb 14, 2014
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Opossum sighting Scarborough!!
by: Anonymous

We saw a strange looking rodent running across our street in Scarborough at Mc Cowan and Lawrence. Turns out when we looked closer, it was a possum, white face, long rat looking tail. I could not believe it!!! It was huge!!

Feb 14, 2014
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Possum in backyard garbage can
by: Whipper

I looked out the window and having an all-you-can-eat buffet of garbage, was a Possum!

Feb 02, 2014
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Opossum on the porch - Ajax
by: Anonymous

Opened the front door, and in the bush... an Opossum!

Jan 16, 2014
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Opossum in Erin Mills
by: Anonymous

Saw one today on our front porch. Hiding behind the snow shovel.

Jan 10, 2014
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Possum Crossing in South Pickering
by: Dawn and Samantha

January 10, 2014. 4pm. This afternoon my daughter and I drove down to Lake Ontario in South Pickering ..... the beach area at the bottom of Westshore Blvd. The only sights we expected to see was the beauty of the frozen lake. On our way home along Beach Promenade a possum came out of the bush. We had to stop the car so that it could pass and my daughter asked "What is that?", you just know its a possum. In my daughter's opinion they are not as cute and cuddly looking as the possum twins in Ice Age!

Jan 05, 2014
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Possum on our shed roof
by: Anonymous

It's 2:15 pm Sunday, January 05, 2014 and there is a Possum sitting on the roof of our shed in the back yard. We had to look twice to believe what we were seeing. Our dogs barking at it attracted our attention. It's been sitting there quite comfy and cozy, sheltered by branches of a birch tree that was damaged in the ice storm. My husband has taken our video cam outside to try and capture it digitally.

Dec 02, 2013
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Possum north of Belleville
by: Anonymous

On my way home on December 2 2013 and noticed an animal crossing the road so I slowed down and couldn't believe my eyes. It took me a second to process it then I started second guessing what I saw and that's when I jumped on the net and found all kinds of information on them and how they do now live here.

Nov 08, 2013
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Opossum in Innisfil (Big Bay Point) by Lake Simcoe
by: Sofia

We had a cute little visitor in our backyard tonight. He was rummaging in the grass for sunflower seeds under the bird feeder. He was scared and ran away when I opened the back door. He was about 10" long. Most of his long tail had no fur on and his body fur didn't look very thick either. I don't know if this is normal or perhaps he was sick?
Anyway, I threw some walnuts and fresh apple pieces out for him which he eat when he came back. I saw a wild cat watching him from a distance. I hope that the little opossum managed to elude the cat & made it home safe with a full tummy.
I wonder how he will survive the cold with so little "clothing"?

Oct 12, 2013
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Last Breath
by: Anonymous

A possum was hit by a car on the Twin Rivers / Shepherd area (rouge valley). There is a big conservation park in this region, so animals have no choice but to cross the windy road. I didn't see it hit, but the aftermath certainly scarred me. The poor little guy was struggling to walk so I knew he was badly injured. I quickly parked my vehicle. Before any more damage could be done by oncoming traffic, I quickly moved em to the side of the road. I noticed a serious gash on his torso and what almost looked like a broken jaw. It was terrible to see him struggling, gasping for a last breath of life. Unfortunately, the litle guy succumbed to his injuries. RIP POSSUM.

Oct 08, 2013
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Opossum in eastern Ontario
by: Tanya

I have never seen an opossum other than in a zoo until tonight on my way home from work near Napanee Ontario. One was crossing the road in front if the car so I stopped because I wasn't sure what it was! Very cool to see one :) But concerning that the weather and animal behaviours have changed so drastically in the past few years.

Oct 02, 2013
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Possem in Ajax
by: Marnie

Saw a possum tonight! I am in Ajax at Delany and Church. Got out of bed to see what the cats were up to because they were so loud they were keeping me up. Turns out they were just playing loudly. While I was down stairs I noticed the motion sensing light was on so I peaked outside and saw a possum scurry over the driveway and dart under a car. I had to take a second look but it was without doubt a possum. I didn't know we had them around here so went straight to my phone to look it up . . . and well here I am!

Sep 29, 2013
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Opossum sighting in Ajax
by: NOT playing dead.

Yup, we have them too. The neighbour puts out food in her backyard. A few nights ago the Mrs. said she saw a huge rat, and I said: "Probably not a rat, just an Opossum." Then tonight the dog ran at our tree to get at it. I grabbed him by the collar and threw him inside and grabbed the flashlight. I went back out and the little critter was up on the chain link fence between the branches staring at me. Showed the wife the picture of one on the web and said again ..... not a rat.

Jun 19, 2013
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Possum in Scarborough
by: Anonymous

Last night (June 18, 2013) I was hanging my baskets up in my carport and I could hear something in my side hedge. I stomped my feet to scare away whatever it was and I look down and walking out from under my car was a Possum!! It scared me half to death. He just stood there, cocked his head and looked up at me like, "What, you've never seen a possum before!" NO, not in Ontario I haven't! I live near Brimley & Lawrence.

Jun 02, 2013
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Possum in Toronto?
by: Carl

I live in Rouge area (Toronto - just west of Pickering] and was sitting in my living room reading when I happened to glance up and see this very strange animal walking across my front lawn. Looks like part rat and part pig with white hair. Talking to friends after we surmised it to be a possum. I was really surprised to see one & more surprised to see it in the middle of the day (thought that they are nocturnal).

May 25, 2013
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Stinson, Hamilton
by: Anonymous

I saw a GIGANTOR POSSUM on Tuesday May 21st, 2013.
The thing was seriously like 100 pounds...great dane material. My boyfriend was trying to convince me that it was a NY Swamp Rat. I was paralyzed in fear...horrified as it was garbage day......it came with a side of frog chips....but I ain't about that life!!!!

May 21, 2013
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South Ajax brown possum with hairy tail
by: Anonymous

Hello, my neighbour and I just saw what we thought was a rat, walk across our street and lay down across the street on a front porch. We got a husband's flashlight to look and see what exactly it is, and well, it's not a squirrel, nor a groundhog and its not a regular greyish white possum with a hairless tail. I did some googling and it looks closest to the Bush-tail Possum of Australia. I hope this is not a pet that is missing or been let go.
The possum is still lying on the door step.

May 15, 2013
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Opossum
by: Anonymous

I saw an Opossum last night in Thornhill in Huntington Park standing still in the grass like a white cat. Saw the long tail and thought, 'that's an opossum'.

Apr 11, 2013
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Etobicoke (mimico creek)
by: Anonymous

Saw an opossum waddling through our backyard in central Etobicoke, Ontario. I think it has made a home for itself underneath our deck.

Apr 07, 2013
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Summerhill toronto backyard possum
by: Anonymous

Just saw a rather large possum walking in my city backyard. I didn't know they were here in canada. Good luck to her, my resident raccoons are double her size!

Mar 30, 2013
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Possum in Ajax
by: Anonymous

I was just heading inside from my garage when I looked over at my neighbour's garage area to see two beady little eyes peering at me. I ignored it and went inside but continued to watch it from inside my front door. I thought it was a cat at first. Then it started to move across our front lawn. I thought I was imagining things when I saw a possum. I decided to check this out further on the internet to see if they actually exist in this area of Ontario. It turns out that they do. Now, at least, when my family wake up, they won't think I am entirely crazy when I tell them that I saw a possum. Very cool.

Mar 19, 2013
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Possum Siting
by: Susan

March 19/13
This morning at work I spotted a possom on my windowsill. I work in the Leslie and Sheppard Ave. E area of Toronto. I assume the possom came up from the Don River park that runs behind the office. I had to google excactly what I was seeing as I had never seen one before. It was really cute and kept me company on the windowsil for a good 30 minutes.

Mar 15, 2013
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New Possum Sighting
by: Anonymous

Heard a sound in the garage, went to look and it was a possum - we live north Burlington - way too cute!

Mar 12, 2013
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Possum sighting
by: Susan

I just saw a possum walk across my lawn in Pickering Ontario, Liverpool and Finch area.... really wasn't sure at first. How cool was that! :)

Mar 10, 2013
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Just off Lakeshore in Southern Burlington
by: Anonymous

We were out running and saw a little possum making its way across a lawn on Lakeshore!!

Mar 08, 2013
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Waterloo Possum Sighting
by: Anonymous

It is 7:00 AM and one is feeding at our niger seed feeder. We have lived here for 11 years and it is our first sighting. We live on the bank of the Grand River. It is March 8 and below freezing with warmer temperatures on the way.

Mar 07, 2013
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Possum in Cobourg
by: Anonymous

My cat has spent the last few nights staring out the window at the back yard and tonight I found out why. At about 7pm I glanced out the window to see a possum sitting on the deck eating the food I leave out for the squirrels. Coming from the UK I am continually amazed at the fantastic wildlife I see every day in my back yard.

Feb 27, 2013
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Possum sighting
by: Anonymous

In Waterdown, Ontario. On my fence of my yard which backs on the Bruce Trail. First time I have seen one. Just ignored me and continued on his merry way.

Feb 25, 2013
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by: Anonymous

We live here, in Peterborough, Ontario. Bringing in my groceries about 6:45 pm Tuesday February 19, 2013, there it was ..... sitting on my front window ledge that I had to pass to get to the door.

He just sat there, while the cats inside sat there and watched him. Finally, hanging by his tail to get down the brick, he went into the Yucca plant and disappeared. Haven't since him since.

What long "fingers" he had.

Feb 24, 2013
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Possum in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

Went to put the cover on the BBQ tonight and saw a long rat-like tail poking out from under the Q. Could not believe it was a Possum this far north.
He seemed a little annoyed with my flashlight and slowly waddled away after a few minutes.

Feb 15, 2013
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Possum in Cobourg
by: Anonymous

I went outside at 11am and saw my cat was looking at something and lo and behold there was a POSSUM on our fence .... I quickly brought cat in and he took his time and moved across the fence and disappeared .... not really sure what to do.

Feb 12, 2013
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Surprised to see a Possum in North Oakville
by: Leah

Last night I went out to get groceries and I drove back and parked my car in the garage with the door still open. There I saw what I though was initially a little Raccoon, I took a closer look to study the little critter and it looked like a Possum and he was looking back at me. He seemed to have a mild disposition and was climbing the snow bank and trying to hide and enter another backyard.

I have seen Possums at the Zoo with my daughter, but still I questioned its presence as I never new they inhabited Canada or these parts. I sent my husband who recently moved here from California, to take a look and excitedly he came to investigate and confirmed that our little neighbourhood night-time visitor is indeed a Possum.

Jan 30, 2013
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Possum sighting in Pickering
by: Anonymous

It is in my backyard as I write this note as my dog found him on top of the fence. He is just sitting there and he allowed us to get within three feet of him to take a picture! Poor little guy.

Jan 29, 2013
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Possum sitting on our fence
by: Wayne

Hamilton Mountain, south of Mohawk, Lawson Park area. Put our dog out last night and she started to bark and do a dance beside the backyard fence.
I got the flashlight out to see what was going on, and to my surprise saw a cat-sized Possum sitting atop the fence. I went over to get the dog away and the possum did not move, I got a broom handle and tried to encourage it to move on. It held on tight and would not move. No sound and no bearing of teeth, which I thought strange. I let the dog out later and it had gone from its perch. Upon checking the several websites I see that they are not ferocious, although they could become a pest. I guess the mild wet day brought it out from its cover.

Jan 13, 2013
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Possum sighting in Hamilton Ontario
by: Dorothy

I opened my front door at 11 pm to put a bottle in the blue box and a possum came walking down our driveway. It seemed so strange looking. I turned to go back into the house, looked around and it was gone.

Jan 13, 2013
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Giant possum sighting in Etobicoke
by: Anonymous

What a thrill this morning!! About 11 am, I noticed from his body language that our indoor cat Butternuts had spotted something unusual in the back yard!! He was right!! On the flagstone patio was a huge, two-tone (grey on the bottom, White on top), very plump possum about the size of a middle-sized raccoon, voraciously eating bird seed that had fallen onto the ground from our bird feeder, thanks to the backyard squirrels. It then took a long drink from a bird bath I had recently filled with fresh water, and ambled towards the hedge at the front of the house. Unfortunately, my camera was not within reach, but it is ready now in the event of return!! This possum was much larger than two others who came to visit a couple of years ago. Unlike raccoons, which can be testy, possums are gentle creatures so there is no need to fear them.

Jan 12, 2013
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Four in my Backyard
by: Anonymous

Early morning today, I saw one possum eating something in my backyard (Oakville, Ontario) then another one came, then another one came from over the fence, then fourth one came and went under our deck!

I have video of them - I could not believe my eyes!

None of my kids would have believed me if I did not show the video.

I don't know what to do!

M.A.

If you like, you can send the video to me as an attachment, to my email, which is barbvanharn@sympatico.ca and I'll add it to this so people can see it. Or you can put it on Youtube and I can add a link to it so our readers can watch it.

Jan 08, 2013
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Possum sighting
by: Anonymous

I just saw a possum walking along the top of the fence in my back yard in Oakville.

Dec 03, 2012
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Possum sighting
by: les

Confirmed Possum sighting
December 3, 2012 11pm
Kid's Playground
Kew Gardens, Beaches, Toronto

Dec 03, 2012
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Port Elgin
by: Scott

We just watched a Possum cross the road in Port Elgin (up on Lake Huron).

Nov 07, 2012
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Opossum in Cabbagetown, Toronto
by: Anonymous

Over passed 6 months have occasionally sighted what I thought was a big rat scurrying across our backyard. Today I got a better look and found on google that it was an Opossum and that climate warming has brought them further north into our area. Now I feel better that it is not a rat.

Nov 06, 2012
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Possum in Don Mills, Ontario
by: Eric Daly

Was very surprised around 8:00 this evening to open the front door and see a possum under the porch light ready to feed on a bag of garbage that was on its way to the green garbage bin. We're into freezing temperatures now so hope the little critter has a warm home somewhere.

Nov 06, 2012
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Whitby
by: Anonymous

Opened my front door and there was a Possum eating cat food I leave out for the strays.

Oct 22, 2012
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Frankford
by: Frankford

I hit one with my car two nights ago :( it just walked right out in front of my on the main st in Frankford, Ontario. It was so big!!

Oct 21, 2012
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Pickering Onario Possum
by: Anonymous

Saw one dead on Bayly Street at West Shore today. What an odd sight.

Oct 19, 2012
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Main and Danforth
by: Anonymous

Saw one this morning by Main Subway station in Toronto.

Oct 16, 2012
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Possum in Guelph
by: Earl

October 15/2012, a Possum showed up to drink from a puddle of rain water on our front walkway.
This in the Kortright / Hanlon area.

Oct 15, 2012
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Possum in Ajax
by: Jeff

We were just outside putting out the garbage and a grey coloured Possum just came out from under the car and walked up to within 5 feet of us, looking right at us. I stomped my foot and it stopped, waited and turned to walk under the bushes in front of our house. It almost looked as if it was someones pet that was turned loose as it didn't shy away from humans or seem scared.

Oct 13, 2012
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Sad
by: Lisa C

I have seen 2, but sadly both were on the side of the road.
One was in Frankford and the other was on highway 33 just off the 401.

Oct 08, 2012
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Possums are in Ajax, Ontario
by: Bonnie

We came home from Thanksgiving dinner, stuffed to our eyeballs, and as we pulled into our driveway, there it was! My husband and daughter went "Ahhh, what is that?"

I recognized it right away, it crossed our front walk, onto the driveway, and under the neightbour's car!

We had no idea Possums were even in Canada, let alone Ontario?

Oct 01, 2012
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Night Visitor
by: Joe C

Saw A Dead one in Frankford , Oct 1 2012

Also had a nice looking one strolling along Kidd Ave in Trenton, Ontario.

Sep 29, 2012
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Possum right out our front window
by: Julie

A couple of nights ago we saw a Possum out our front window. We're used to seeing skunks and racoons, but this is our first possum sighting.

We're in south Pickering, Ontario, not too far from Petticoat Creek and Frenchman's Bay.

Since our dog was barking at it through the window we got a good look at it. What a sight, we're still talking about it!

Sep 18, 2012
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Possum??
by: Anonymous

I thought we were going crazy but apparently not....

My mom and I were in the backyard tonight having a beer around 12:30am and I pointed out what I thought was a Possum ("holy sh** is that a possum??").

I have never seen a Possum outside a zoo, I'm pretty sure! lol.

It was definitely a Possum. My mom thought it was a rat but it was almost as big as a Raccoon! Very strange...

Sep 17, 2012
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Opossum visiting
by: Luminita Mississauga

For few days now, an Opossum comes inside house through door opening intended for cats traffic.

Likes cat food and he appears to be at ease with me around. I shot a little movie while he was eating. Cats tolerate him well.

It is quite special to have this marsupial in Canada, I wonder how they survive our winters?

Well, Luminita, many of them do survive our winters, but some don't - they are an animal more suited to warmer conditions, however, all across Southern Ontario there are little families of these little fellas!

Thank you for telling us about your visitor!

Sep 16, 2012
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Possums in Burlington !
by: Anonymous

I saw a possum today in our backyard, scared the life out of my daughter. We live in Burlington, Ontario, close to the lake.

My daughter calls our city home a Zoo. We have resident Raccoons, Skunks, Chipmunks, Squirrels and Coyotes.

And now the Possum!

It's great to live in the city!

I agree, it is great to live where you see lots of wildlife!

Sep 02, 2012
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Night visitor
by: Vivian

I live in Omemee just west of Peterborough. It was at night and I was putting stuff in the car for the a morning trip. I went outside my back door and saw the butt and tail move across the railing on the back deck. I thought it was a rat. I came in and told my son. We both went back out to look with the dog in tow, and found the Possum in my antenna tower looking at us. It was about 3 feet away and eye level just sitting on some branches the had grown into the antenna tower. So we just took some pictures of it while it posed for us. Dog didn't bother with it.

Aug 24, 2012
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Possum in Trenton
by: Bill

Saw a Possum at mother-in-law's just west of Trenton. Never knew that they are here in Ontario.

Aug 02, 2012
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Possum in Ajax (Westney Heights)
by: Anonymous

Sitting out by the pool at around 9:30PM and a Possum walked across the back fence. About 20 minutes later it came back across the same fence heading the other way. My cousin said "is that a Rat?" But this thing was about 24" long plus the tail. It was definitely a Possum. Very strange!

Jul 27, 2012
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Sighting Toronto July 27 2012
by: Anonymous

I go jogging in Cedarvale Park in Toronto daily (Eglinton / Allen Road) and at the entrance to park crossing the path, was a possum, which stopped and stood still until I gently told it, it was 'okay', then it jaunted off into the trees.

Jul 23, 2012
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Possum in beaches
by: Anonymous

Looked out the window and saw the local Skunk foraging in my backyard. I like him, so I watched him for a minute. Then I see a Possum come strolling into the yard!

Major surprise - didn't know they were in this area. So then he sweetheart skunk and - I kid you not - he backs away from the skunk like the skunk was royalty.

Must be cool to be skunk and have other creatures be so deferential!

I hope the Possum comes back again - seems like an interesting creature.

Jul 01, 2012
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Possum in Brighton
by: Anonymous

We arrived home around 11:00 pm tonight, and seen a Possum in the neighbour's yard munching on some of their garbage. Too cool. Very exciting.

Jun 02, 2012
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Possum Crossings
by: Anonymous

Yes, Possum in south Ajax area - been around for the last few months seeing crossing Shoal Point Road; and just last week one was dead at side of road.

May 31, 2012
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First Possum sighting in Etobicoke was 2002
by: Anonymous

The very first time that I sighted a Possum was in 2002. It was 9:30 pm. I was closing my bedroom window & noticed a hissing sound outside. I looked out the window and on the sidewalk was this strange looking animal.

I was not sure what it was at first. I called my 9 year old son to come have a look. The Possum crossed the street down my neighbour's driveway & all I could see was this pointed Face(very much like a large rat appearance), skinny tail & ferocious teeth & eyes.

I've since noticed at least 2 more sightings.
Last night, There was a lot of commotion outside, it was a Raccoon and a Possum fighting with each other by my Maple tree. This morning there were a few broken small branches on the street. Not sure who won the fight.

Raccoons climb trees, but I do not know if Possum's can also climb.

Eglinton & Martingrove area, West Deane Park & Hydro field.

May 20, 2012
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Possum in Oshawa, Ontario
by: Anonymous

I have lived here 40 years and never seen a Possum in the backyard until now.

It seemed to be alone.

Apr 22, 2012
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Possum in South Ajax, Ontario
by: Anonymous

I was sitting out on my front porch last week about 9:30 pm and one walked right up to me. Once it saw me it turned and ran.

I live in south Ajax. It was the third one I have seen in a month.

They seem to be afraid of people.

I also saw one dead on the road on Lakeview Drive in South Ajax.

Apr 02, 2012
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Possum Sighting on March 25th
by: Anonymous

I saw a Possum sitting on my front lawn enjoying a midnight snack on Sunday March 25th 2012, at 12:30am. I live in Clarkson and have never seen one in this area before.

Mar 27, 2012
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Possum sighting in Toronto tonight
by: Anonymous

Saw a Possum running across the road near my house in northern Etobicoke at about 9:00 p.m.tonight. First thought it was a Raccoon then when I saw the long, skinny, bare tail I realized it was a possum. First time I have ever seen one around here.

Mar 22, 2012
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Peterborough Possum
by: Dave

Have Possum's in Peterborough, Ontario, just north east of Toronto.

Saw one dead at side of road and knew it wasn't a Raccoon, as I have seen them in the States before.

Mar 22, 2012
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In Kimberly,Ontario Last June
by: Anonymous

I was coming down Grey road 13 late one night in June, 2011.

A little south of Kimberly, Onario.

I had seen lots in South Carolina. G.

Thought I was crazy at the time! Glad I read this site.

Mar 15, 2012
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Strange Animal
by: Anonymous

Saw the freakiest animal tonight at 10:30 pm. It walked up my driveway and right to my front door. Stopped and stared at me , then walked around the back of my house.

I'm in Pickering area (Glenanna/Liverpool) and I have a stream behind my house and that's where it headed after it walked off.

It was bigger then my cats, gray, long skinny tail and pointed nose.

Still can't believe I saw this , I'm glad I was inside looking out as I would have been very scared lol.

Mar 07, 2012
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London, Ontario
by: Sherry

There were 2 Possums in our back yard last night. We back onto a small wooded area in east London.

Mar 02, 2012
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Possum in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

Very surprised to see a Possum alive and well and looking at traffic in Mississauga last night.

Didn't realize they lived here.

Feb 21, 2012
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Possum Sightings South Ajax
by: Anonymous

I live South Ajax in a very suburban / residential area.

I discovered dozens of strange holes randomly dug up in my front yard a few days ago..... last night I found out what it was.

A pretty big Possum sniffing around, destroying my lawn.

Never seen one before. I thought it was a Raccoon at first, but nope, definitely a Possum.

I wonder what it was looking for..... it only destroyed my lawn.

All the neighbors lawns were fine. smh

It may be looking for grubs or something it's hoping to find in your lawn!

Feb 20, 2012
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Possum sighting
by: Anonymous

February 20, 2012

Saw a Possum on my back deck this evening at dinner hour. Threw a snowball at it.

Moved very slowly.

I have a ravine lot with l 1/2 hour area.

Didn't like the look of it.

My cats didn't seem to be too disturbed about it though.

It doesn't appear very nice looking.

Like a giant rat.

Feb 19, 2012
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Possum
by: Anonymous

Possum dead on Pickering trail, near Finch and Brock

Feb 06, 2012
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Possum in Toronto
by: Shaun G

At 11.15 pm saw a Possum.

Wandered through our yard at 400 and 401 highways, Toronto, Ontario, Feb 6 2012.

It had a white ratty-looking, pointed nosed head.

Dec 03, 2011
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Possum inRichmond Hill
by: Anonymous

Saw a Possum in our Yard Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Nov 17, 2011
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Possum in Oakville
by: Anonymous

Spotted a large Possum in my backyard 2 nights ago in south Oakville, Ontario.

Sep 12, 2011
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Possum in Pickering Ontario
by: Anonymous

Hi, we live in Pickering, just east of the Rouge and just saw our first Possum last night in our yard.

Wasn't sure at first if it was a local Raccoon till it turned around and I saw its face.

We never know what we will see in our yard so this was a real treat.

Jul 19, 2011
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Milton , Ontario
by: Gord

Had two young Possums (about the size of a squirrel) eating out of our garbage in the back yard at about 10:00pm , July 18th 2011.

Jun 11, 2011
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2 Possums sighted June 10, 2011 Toronto
by: Ann Kavanagh

Walking my dog around 12:10am I spotted two of these beautiful creatures in the area of Mt. Pleasant Road and Manor Road, Toronto.

I am sure they were Mum and her offspring, and of course, no camera with me!

I was totally amazed I could not believe what I had seen, I had to check on the web I really saw Possums in Toronto!

Tonight's walk I shall take my camera with me.

May 18, 2011
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Possum in our yard
by: Harry

Harry, aged 4, told me there was a 'strange animal' in our yard. I thought he was pulling my leg until he took my hand and brought me to the window and there was a very white (with some black markings) long nosed animal.

My daughter, Lucy (8) correctly identified it as a Possum.

Very excited, but wonder where it has made its home.

They often live under decks or porches - we once had one living under our concrete front steps for the winter!

May 14, 2011
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Sighting
by: Dave Vose

I live in South Ajax, Ontario, an urban area.

I saw a Possum this a.m. across the street. Grabbed my digital camera and ended up cornering him between a solid fence and garage of my neighbour.

Got some good photos as He (or She) decided to freeze motionless. Lasted for about 20 seconds then when I moved He made his getaway.

Showed photos to two 35 year local residents and its the first possum sighting they knew about.

May 14/11

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