Should I trap and relocate opposums? in Maryland | Opossum

Should I trap and relocate opposums?

Transport and release of opossums is illegal in most states and is not recommended because survival of released animals is often severely reduced and can result in the creation of new problems near the release locations.

Opossums are not particularly wary and are relatively easy to live trap. Use box or cage traps (7-inch x 7-inch x 24-inch) and bait them with cat food, fish, fruit, or marshmallows. Set traps at dusk, near dens or in areas frequented by problem opossums.

Animal-proof any opening that may provide escape refuge prior to releasing trapped opossums on your property. Cover openings with sturdy galvanized wire or hardware cloth attached to the lower edge and buried underground, slanting outward one to two feet.

Very young opossums stay in the female's pouch, but, when older, cling to her back or remain close by. Anyone trapping during the breeding seasons should check for young that may have fallen off or been left behind. Either delay trapping until young are independent enough to be trapped or ensure the entire litter can be removed.

For assistance in resolving human-wildlife conflicts involving opossums contact a licensed wildlife control operator in your area.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

Regulations for Maryland

Permit Needed

A landowner permit is needed to trap chipmunks, opossums, porcupines, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, tree squirrels and woodchucks in Maryland. This free permit can be obtained by calling the Maryland Nuisance Wildlife Hotline at 877-463-6497.

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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