Coyotes don't eat Opposums?

paulsiu(5a)December 21, 2010

Recently, I notice Coyotes have been hanging out in the backyard. I went to load the feeder and surprised one hiding behind the bush. Today, I saw two coyotes. They are always trying to get to the squirrels but are not fast enough. Today, I thought they would snap up the opposum that seems to hang around my yard, but instead ignore it. I thought Coyote eat opposums?

On another note, the Opposum doesn't look so good. I wonder if they can get frostbite on their tails?

Paul

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maifleur01

Coyotes will not eat anything that they think might harm them. If the Opossum was well it would have been gone by now.

Yesterday, sorry I do not remember the site, I was reading that the use of high powered rat/mouse baits, warfarin, are believed to be causing deaths of other animals and birds up the food chain. The suggestion was that hawks, owls and other predator's were eating the rodents that had consumed the poison. Since the poison remained in the rodent it passed to the predator and so on down the line. The big question that remained unanswered was why were deer and other non-meat eaters being found with high amounts of the same chemical in their blood. My thought was the decaying bodies released the substance into the ground, which then went into the water systems. It could be possible that because your opossum eats anything it finds that it may have eaten animals that had died or were dying from the poison.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2010 at 12:46AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

"Coyotes will not eat anything that they think might harm them. If the Opossum was well it would have been gone by now. "

Well...coyote and wolve existence depends on culling the weak and the lame. Opossum can be on their diet but part of "playing opossum" means giving off a foul odor and that may deter them, for now. If the coyotes get hungry enough, they'll eat it.

tj

    Bookmark   December 22, 2010 at 7:13PM
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paulsiu(5a)

The opposum came back the next day and looked much better, but then after a few days, it disappear entirely. May be the coyotes got him.

Paul

    Bookmark   December 29, 2010 at 2:10PM
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