Emu Vale overrun with pesky possums
POSSUMS have begun to be a pain in the town of Emu Vale after a few particularly cold days.
While many residents in the area have reported sightings of the furry creatures some are concerned about the affect the population will have on the community's tank water supply.
"You can hear them thumping around the roof at night jumping from tree to tree," Emu Vale resident Nicolette Dixon said.
"I don't have a particular problem with the noise but it's the fact that we are all on tank water that is the real issue".
According to Ms Dixon and other Emu Vale residents, the issue only began shortly after the cold snap.
"They climb up the electricity poles and can easily walk along the lines onto our roof, all the houses in town are hooked up like that," Ms Dixon said.
"Then I see them huddled around the top of the chimney to get warm".
Neighbour Roger Knox is just as perplexed about the sudden arrival of the native wildlife.
"We don't know where they have come from," Mr Knox said.
"I have only heard them but there can't be giant mice running around, they are way too big to be rats.
"But I think we are all worried about the water."
Another resident stated they have been filtering the water since the arrival of the possums but were still unsure of the quality.
After speaking with other neighbours who had a similar issue with the possums, Ms Dixon said she rang the council in search of a remedy.
"The council told us to ring a wildlife group who then told us they only took care of sick and injured animals. We rang that RSPCA and the department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry," she said.
"We have only had some luck with a ranger who understood about the problem.
"He suggested clearing branches but they access the homes via the power poles".
When contacted by the Warwick Daily News about what to do in a similar situation, the Wildlife Queensland staff member stated that residents must make their own arrangements when it comes to removing wildlife as government services were no longer provided.