Brooklyn Opossum Population Out Of Control?

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — It’s another tale from the urban jungle. 1010 WINS’ John Montone caught up with residents in Brooklyn who say pesky opossums are popping up all over the neighborhood.

“Opossums are coming out all the time and we can’t control them right now,” James, who clears trees for the city, said.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

The stinky marsupials with razor-like teeth are tearing up gardens, eating from garbage cans and scaring dogs.
“They don’t seem to be too vicious,” Kathy said. “But you know, they scare the dogs.”

Jamie, who owns a cockapoo named Sammy, says, “Sometimes he’s barking in the backyard and we don’t know why so it’s possible that they’re back there.”

The opossums are apparently fattening up on left overs from weekend barbecues which residents say litter Prospect Park. Residents say they have seen opossums that looked to be about the size of a 20 pound dog.

City Councilmember Domenic Recchia told the New York Post that city is to blame for the out-of-control opossum population. Recchia claimed that a decade ago the city had brought in the opossums to take care a rat problem. However, the city’s Health Department has no record of this action, the paper reports.

The Health Department told the Post they have not received any complaints about wild opossums but recommend contacting licensed trappers if they encounter a problem.

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  • katkal

    Of course our “goof-ball” city dogs live in fear of Opossum’s! Most of us have city slicker carry on dogs who weigh around 5 lbs and live in LV designer bags!! LMAO!! Please, country girl here and was BIT by an opossum in the 80’s! Cornered they can and WILL give a nasty bite! And I would really LOVE to know where these “wild life trappers” the op is refering too as I have been called many times to homes to remove racoons that snuck through doggy doors, the ASPCA is NO help, and most trappers live no where close to the city! Thanks!

  • mikeyg
    Read and learn.

    • katkal

      well said Mikeyg!!

  • Devenio

    @Dale: Opossums (Didelphimorphia, pronounced /daɪˌdɛlfɨˈmɔrfi.ə/) are the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere. They are also commonly called possums, though that term is also applied to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes. The Virginia Opossum was the first animal to be named an opossum; usage of the name was published in 1610.[2] The word opossum comes from the Algonquian aposoum , meaning “white beast”.[3] Opossums probably diverged from the basic South American marsupials in the late Cretaceous or early Paleocene.

  • Dale

    Dogs are NOT afraid of opossum’s. How silly are city people for real? First of all this reporter and everyone else spelled opossum wrong then they act like these are grizzly bears running amuck in neighborhoods killing all they come in contact with. Come on now goof balls it is just a opossum. They are HARMLESS!

    NO I am not from the city. I am from the country in the mid-west. No I dont eat opposum but the silliness of city people is just annoying.

  • tommy

    I could loan someone my dog, he loves to kill a possum or armadillo.

  • David

    Those possums are probably cleaner than most New Yorkers.

  • Helen T

    For all of you who have origins in the midwest and the south…..consider them a possible food source for the future. And if you don’t turn your nose up a sushi, you shouldn’t turn your nose up at ‘possum.

  • John

    They are opportunistic so sure they can find our neighborhoods’ left overs irresistable. Not to worry though, our cars take care of thousands that cross streets without looking both ways. Its their land, we just live on it.

  • sunshine

    so now we have to worry about possums, racoons and rats…we may as well give them their shots and make them all pets.

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