BEST VIEWING & HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES
• Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County
• Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area, Williams County
• Brush Creek Wildlife Area, Jefferson County
• Beaver Creek Wildlife Area, Greene County
• Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Greene & Warren counties
This furbearer and Ohio’s only marsupial occurs throughout Ohio in shrubland and forested areas close to water, with the highest abundance occurring in the northwestern and central portions of Ohio. The statewide population is stable to slightly declining. However, population fluctuations are commonly seen in this species and harvest pressure has remained stable over the past 10 years. The current population will provide ample opportunities for harvest and wildlife observation during 2012-2013. Research and development of Best Management Practices has identified traps and trapping systems that allow for the safe, selective, and efficient capture of opossums, while maintaining high animal welfare standards.
Survey details and historical data can be found here.
Best Management Practices for trapping opossums can be found here.