Possums along with kangaroos and koalas are iconic Australian fauna. Another Aussie icon, Dame Edna Everage, fondly used the term “Hello possums!” in her stage and TV shows.
Australians have always lived alongside these small nocturnal marsupials benefiting from their silky smooth fur and leather. In 1837 possums were introduced into New Zealand to establish a fur trade. Unfortunately, with no predators and plenty of edible vegetation, possums have become such a problem in New Zealand that The National Possum Control Agencies was created in the early 1990s to control the problem.