During the day Possums are in a deep sleep, with not a care in the world, but when the first signs of night appear, they emerge from their dry, hidden dens. Possums are nocturnal creatures, and that makes it that that much harder to control their massively increasing population. To this day we now have over 80 million possums in New Zealand. Possums are now considered pests as they eat all of our native fauna and flora, such as insects, birds, eggs, young plants and leaves of trees. This has lead to the amount of other animal species decreasing while the possum population thrives. New Zealand didn’t have a problem with Possums a while back though, it all started when British settlers thought it would be a great idea to bring them over and hunt them down for their fur, which will give them some extra cash
People and groups all over New Zealand are now trying their best to control the amount of Possums which are affecting our clean, green country. Some of these groups are the Department Of Conservation and other conservation groups. Everyday citizens are also trying to support the cause by setting up traps, shooting down Possums, and laying down poison in native forests. But what type of equipment they use depends on where the Possums are, what other non targeted species are around them, and how many Possums there are in the area, people in the Far North also eat Possum meat at barbecues and parties, as there are a ton around that area. But you have to be careful, as if you don’t make sure the Possum is rid of diseases, you may attract tuberculosis.