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Possum Trapping Tips: Credit to Pestgard.
Want to know how to trap possums?
Possums are the number 1 enemy of New Zealands native forest. In some areas they have destroyed whole canopies of forest, killing trees and reducing habitat for native birds.
There are two different methods of trapping possums in NZ. Live trapping or trapping with kill traps. Each has their own uses, advantages and disadvantages.
Possum trapping with live capture traps:
These come in two forms, either live capture cage traps or possum leg hold traps.
Live capture cage traps are ideal for use near your home or dwelling. These are safe to use in areas where pets or other animals are nearby, as any non-target animals can be released.
Possum leg hold traps are a cost effective way to catch a large number of possums. The #1 leghold traps are compliant with MAF & Bio-security regulations for number 1 leg hold traps.
Trapping with leg hold traps
Leg hold traps are commonly set at the base of trees where there has been noticeable possum activity. Possums will regularly return to the same tree each night to feed, so look for signs of possum feeding and worn paths through the undergrowth where possums have moved each night. Find an area to set your traps where you believe there are a good number of possums.
Checking live capture traps
Possum trapping with kill traps:
Possum kill traps have the advantage of killing possums humanely in the trap, this also means they do not have to be checked as regularly as live capture traps.
Possum trap bait or lure
Use bait that can be smelt easily by possums. Possums like sweet things. Cage traps can be baited with pieces of apple or other fresh fruit or a variety of different baits can be mixed with flour including icing sugar or aniseed oil and applied as a paste onto trees or as bait in possum kill traps. Jam or peanut butter can also be used.