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How to support your local wildlife this spring

By: Catie Leary on March 27, 2014, 8 a.m.

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Cut opossums some slack

Opossums, the only maruspial native to North America, are cursed with an unfounded negative reputation. Although they certainly give many people the heebie jeebies, the truth is that these nocturnal creatures are harmless, cowardly scavengers that bluff and play dead when they're feeling threatened.

The clumsy creatures are also mistaken for being especially prone to rabies. Due to their naturally low body temperature, rabies is actually very rare in opossums.