The opossums do not bother the cats - they are too busy looking for food and even that night of the two visitors, they did not make any threatening moves toward me. They do hold their mouths open, but that is a just a warning not to come too close. Yes, the little ones on the mother is great - how they hang on and she protects them high in the trees. I just talk softly and nicely to them.
Last night I noticed a stone at our neighbor's fence that had been moved and the soil dug out. So, I moved the trap over to the entrance and covered the trap with an old table cloth, putting concrete blocks on each
side to make a pathway to the trap.
Left that there all night - no other animal would be getting into it, unless they came from the other side. Some peach jelly added to the other bait.
Nothing this morning - but later in the afternoon, the little critter was in there. And he wasn't very happy. Talked to him/her, assuring that no harm will be done. There was a truck where I usually release them so I had to drive around to another area farther away from the brook - this is where we used to play when we were kids - lots of polliwogs and frogs etc.
I would like the foxes being around if I wasn't so worried about the cats. Several people have told me that the fox is probably far away by now, checking other areas of it's territory. They like woodchucks by the way, but voles are the favorite prey. I have seen them when I was growing up and even a few years ago running up to the road when I was visiting my Aunt Carrie. A cat ran across the road and the fox stopped. Perhaps the fox mistook the cat for a vixen. I hope.
When I told the neighbors that I caught the woodchuck, I noticed a big gray cat sitting in the bushes across the street. I thought it was Phil but larger. Our neighbor said that it was actually a statue, as they have a woodchuck over there too. Weeks ago, Slug was over there staring into the bushes and I kept calling him, saying that there was nothing there - no reflection from any eyes. I'll have to bring Slug over there to see what reaction he has.
In California, when Kim had Gracie, there was a stone cat statue that Kim put on the back deck. Once I watched her walk by the statue and turn to give it a bite. No rivals allowed.
Best to leave the animals alone - though there can be a problem with over population. Over at the closed Samson military base (between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes), there are protected white deer. Since the area is fenced in, there is no intermixing and no hunting. They are beautiful.
Oh well, have to water the garden and flowers, plus our neighbor's plants too.
Take care all,
When I told
Cats sleep because they know there's nothing better to do.