Possums are Everywhere!

by Carol, Jeannie, Gary, Craig, Jenna, Peter, Greg, Diane
(Campbellford, Coburg, Chemong Lake, Whitby, Pickering, North York, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, N1iagara-on-the-Lake, Newcastle)

Ontario Opossum

Ontario Opossum

Paul from Campbellford wrote ... I thought it was a dead cat on the side of the road, but ended up being a Possum. Poor guy got got hit by a car, obviously. Looked like an adult. I was surprised to see one, as I did not know they were around here.

Carol wrote to report ... I went for a walk in Cobourg, Ontario at about 8:20 am and near the side of the road, an animal walked calmly towards me. I'd never seen one before, but checked on-line, and it looked just like the opossum in your picture. Pointy nose, about the size of a cat, same colouring and tail. It walked into an area next to the river, and disappeared. I was amazed to see it. I hope he/she makes it! Regrettably, I had no camera with me to take a picture.

Jeannie wrote to say ... we live near Chemong Lake, in Selwyn. Early evening, March 24th, we had the cutest possum picking up nuts and seeds under our bird feeder right outside our bay window. He was about 6 to 8 feet from us, so we had a real good look at him. He didn't stay long, so I didn't get a picture, but I hope he comes back sometime.

Gary from Whitby said ... I just spotted a large possum in my back yard for the very first time. I didn't know we had them in this area. I live in Whitby, Ontario, north of Rossland Road. Last I saw of it it went under my back deck. Hope it moves on. They are a real different looking creature. Cute but ugly!!

Craig from Whitby wrote to tell us ... we live in the north end of Whitby, Ontario, and our lot backs onto a ravine. This morning as I was sipping coffee on the deck a possum wandered out from the wooded area. There were some birds making a ruckus, so my guess would be that they were defending a nest. As quick as he appeared he was soon gone so no chance to grab a photo. Strangely enough a friend and former neighbour described seeing a raccoon looking creature but the way he described it, he made it sound like a lynx, I now wonder if it was a possum that he saw.

Jenna from Pickering wrote ... we were out for a walk around Finch and Brock at 7:00 pm today, near the Duffin's trials/creek. We spotted a possum coming up from the wooded area into someone’s backyard! Seemed to be an adult in good health - such a lucky sighting! Hope to see one again :)

Peter wrote to say ... yes, there is one underneath our backyard deck. It seems this creature has been there for a while. We only saw it came out once. As we have a dog and hope the dog now will drive it out of our backyard. Our home in North York, Steels and Bayview area.

A reader from Oakville said ... the Possum comes out to eat at night and if there is no food out it peeks in the kitchen through the glass door. The other morning the dogs chased it and it gave off a terrible odor, somewhat like a skunk.

Greg from Brampton wrote ... we saw a solitary possum in the Peel Village neighbourhood near Hurontario and Steeles on May 29, 2020. It was just after sunset. I know they live around here but I have only seen them a handful of times in the 28 years I have lived in Brampton. I was very surprised to learn that they don’t hibernate. Winters must be rough for them!

Diane from Mississauga said ... one was in our backyard this morning around 9:00 am. It was eating seeds on the ground from our bird feeder. It was larger than a cat, more the size of an adult raccoon. We live near Hurontario and Dundas. I am curious as to weather they hibernate during winter or where they make their homes.

One of our readers said ... we have a possum visiting our garden on a regular basis. I have seen it resting between our air condition unit and our siding. We have two hanging bird feeders nearby, within 4 feet. We have a Maltese dog who has chased the possum on a few occasions. We live in Virgil in the town of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.

Another reader reported ... Wednesday, March 20, two opossums were possibly copulating on the cover of our swimming pool at dusk. When we opened the door they ran and may have moved under the pool shed. This is the first time I have seen a live opossum. This is in Bond Head at Newcastle, Ontario.

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