For many residents of the peninsula, sharing your property with possums is a fact of life. The trees and gardens around our houses provide a modified woodland environment similar to their natural habitat.
Possums are native animals protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and must not be harmed in any way. It is illegal to harass or interfere with possums, or to trap a ringtail possum without a permit. Although relocation of problem possums is prohibited, other control options are available. For more information, including tips on dealing with common problems, visit the state government’s page on Managing Possums. The Shire does not loan possum traps to residents.
If you are concerned about possums damaging trees on your property, visit our Protecting Eucalypt Trees page for some helpful tips on protecting trees from possums.