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Trap and release

You must have a Trap and Release Protected Wildlife Permit to catch and remove a possum from your property.

Trapped possums must be released within 24 hours of capture (at sunset on the day of capture). They must be released on the same property, within 50 metres of where they were caught. Releasing possums during the day increases their stress and puts them at risk of being attacked and injured.

Relocating possums is inhumane, illegal and a poor solution to the possum problem.

Evidence shows that removing brushtail possums often results in other possums moving into that area, and the death of the possum that has been removed.

It is illegal to trap and release possums without a permit. The maximum penalty is $2,500 or six months of imprisonment.

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