Possum Deaths

There have been reports of several brushtail possum deaths across Nedlands in the last 18 months. City of Nedlands officers have confirmed that one recent possum death was attributed to high doses of rodenticide which is commonly used as mice and rat bait. Homeowners may hear noise in their roof space and mistakenly identify possums as rats, and then progress to commence a baiting program.

As a native marsupial, possums are protected under State and Commonwealth legislation and cannot be harmed in any way. Brushtail possums occur throughout the metropolitan region and usually live in tree hollows however with loss of urban bushland they often occupy residential roof spaces. Generally, brushtail possums and humans live together without any issues. However, in some instances brushtail possums can be a nuisance. They can make a lot of noise in residential roof spaces during the night, causing damage to property with their urine and droppings and also damaging ornamental and vegetable gardens.

If you have a possum on your property that you wish to remove from your roof space please contact a licenced contractor. If you find a sick or injured possum contact the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055 for information on registered wildlife rehabilitators and centres. For further information please visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website: https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/images/documents/plants-animals/animals/living-with-wildlife/possums_fauna_note.pdf