Welcome to Opossum Friends of Peoria, IL! Here are some resources to help local opossums.
Peoria Wildlife Rehabilitator: 309-449-5799
This wildlife rehabilitation center can help any injured opossum or orphaned baby opossum. This center does reply on donations to help critters, so if you bring them a possum to care for, be sure to give them a donation!
Illinois Department of Wildlife: 217-935-6860
The Illinois Department of Wildlife can often help with various wildlife concerns, including opossum issues. They typically deal with wildlife laws and public safety matters, but they may be able to assist you.
Peoria County Animal Services: 309-672-2440
Your local Peoria County Animal Services can often help with an opossum issue, such as remove a sick or injured opossum off a property or maybe even assist with opossum removal and relocation.
US Dept. of Agriculture Illinois Extension: 217-241-6700
The Illinois Department of Agriculture can often offer assistance with wildlife issues, including opossum matters.
Some people consider opossums a nuisance in various scenarios, such as when one of these animals lives under your porch or shed, or when it eats your pet’s food. It is the stance of Opossum Friends, and that of the Humane Society of the US and many other professional organizations that in most cases, you do not need to interfere, for these reasons:
- Opossums are gentle creatures that do not attack people or pets.
- Opossums are not demonstrated to carry zoonotic diseases transferrable to people or pets.
- Opossums are nomadic, meaning the opossum on your property will move on soon.
Prevention is Best
If you don’t want opossums on your property, consider these prevention methods rather than trapping or killing the animals.
- Keep pet food secure and indoors.
- Keep garbage can lids strapped down.
- Install a fence or baffle around any other food sources, like bird feeders or gardens.
- Install lattice or steel mesh barriers around porches or decks to prevent them from entering under these spaces.
The opossums of Peoria are lovely, and we think you should feel lucky if you spot one! Feel free to email us any opossum photos or stories you have, to Peoria@opossumfriends.com.