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Fri Nov 9, 2018, 08:46 PM

Would a feral cat attack a grown possum?

I'm trying to figure out what is attacking or stressing to death an adult rabbit and a possum. Could be poisons laid out on the golfcourse.

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Reply Would a feral cat attack a grown possum? (Original post)
Baitball Blogger Friday OP
CurtEastPoint Friday #1
lunasun Friday #2
RainCaster Friday #3
Wounded Bear Friday #4
BlueInRedHell Friday #5
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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 08:54 PM

1. Feral cats generally shy away from conflict and confrontations.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:13 PM

2. the cat would be watching/ sensing those animals close but doubt it would move on a possum or

large rabbit and just lay still. Could be in the shadows watching closely though.not coming out but its smell could put some stress on territories of the animals maybe but if they are ill, I go with animal gone type chems on the course

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 09:19 PM

3. A coyote would

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 10:51 PM

4. I would doubt it unless it was desperately hungry...

In the average forest, though, there are generally plenty of smaller game for cats to hunt.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:06 PM

5. I really doubt that a cat would attack a opossum. Their main enemies are humans, dogs, and r/o

coyotes. My current cat was feral until I trapped him and while he was still outside, he hung out with a juvenile 'possum. He's still friends with a 'possum that comes to our window.

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Response to BlueInRedHell (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:12 PM

6. I'm not sure what's going on.

We saw a dead rabbit, which was intact about two months ago. No signs of trauma. And today, in the same area, there was an adult possum that looked like it was mostly eaten. Vultures were picking what was left. I saw a scat of beauty berries nearby, which looked like whatever dropped it was not in any hurry. I don't know if the possum was poisoned, died, and then eaten by anything that was hungry enough to eat it, including a cat that looked full bellied.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:19 PM

7. Raccoons will eat anything and can be really aggressive. That might be a possibility. I r/o

would start wondering about pesticide exposure (rabbit) and maybe a poisoned rat ('possum). Poor critters.

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Response to BlueInRedHell (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2018, 11:32 PM

8. Yeah, it might be poison.

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