Whatever happened to …

… possums?

Stay with me. It will make sense.

On This Week in Ontario Edublogs, I stumped Stephen Hurley who was not aware of this classic Brad Paisley song.

This spring, we’re certainly aware of ticks around here. In a normal spring, Jaimie and I would be out on the Greenway trail sniffing our way around. This year, we’ve been pulling back. It wasn’t uncommon to come home and have to pull some ticks off him. (me too, occasionally) Fortunately, we have a tick key to help and he takes flea and tick medication. Yet, there still is something creepy about those many legged parasites.

They seem to be bountiful this year. I also attribute it to neighbours who cut their grass once a month whether it needs it or not. (it needs it) As we were discussing out disgust pulling off the latest, we noted that we haven’t seen any possums all winter. Normally, we see some out at the bird feeder or, sadly, hit on the road. As my pictures will attest, they’re around here both in the summer and the winter.

I can’t recall the last time we saw one. There are some things to like about them. According to the article, one possum can kill 4 000 ticks a week! Therein lies our problem, I’m sure.

As a bit of trivia, I’ve always called them possums although I think the official term is opossum. I blame it on the Clampetts.

For a Sunday, your thoughts would be appreciated.

  • possum, opossum, or o’possum?
  • have you noticed a decline in possums in your area?
  • have you noticed an increase in the number of ticks in your area?
  • what disease is reportedly spread by ticks?
  • what famous living Canadian was infected by this disease?
  • are you itching yourself just like I am as I type this?

Please share your thoughts below.

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8 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. Wow Doug! I never knew that possums eat ticks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a possum before, but I keep hearing about an increase in ticks here. I think you might be onto something!


    P.S. I love this Brad Paisley song. Now you have me singing it in my head. 🙂

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  2. I didn’t know possums live in Ontario. I’ve never seen one – dead or alive! I think Avril Lavigne is your famous Canadian with Lyme disease, but Justin Beiber recently started talking about having it too.

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  3. We have a very well fed possum who toddles through my downtown Hamilton backyard early in the morning, much to the chagrin of my cat. But we’ve never had any tic problems so maybe he is well fed to our benefit!

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  4. Hi Doug!

    When you mentioned possums, I immediately thought of Granny. It was nice to see the clip at the end. The O at the beginning seems to be superfluous. Possum seems to work just fine

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an opossum in the wild. Ogroundhogs, yes. Our dog used to bring them home and leave them on the lawn, and one of my chores was to go and bury them. I recall one day where he managed to bring home three. He was working on the third before I had a chance to bury the first.

    I also recall one day when the dog treed an oracoon, and my dad got out his osquirrley rifle. There was a bit of a breeze, and the raccoon was high enough up in the branches that he was swaying back-and-forth just like a moving target at a shooting range. I know we took a trip into town (I don’t know if it was to visit the Canadian Tire for more bullets, it might have been) but when we got home the raccoon was gone. I do remember asking my dad how far the bullets would go, given that they didn’t get stopped by the critter.

    Critters and varmints. Great words, certainly well-promoted by Jed, Granny, Ellie Mae, and Jethro. I remember Ellie Mae had a soft spot for all the critters. What was it she had swimming in the cement pond?

    As for a famous Canadian afflicted with Lyme disease, the only one I had heard of before this morning was Shania Twain.

    I much prefer the ticks in Minecraft. They just keep track of time, and don’t create any problems.


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