Story: Possums

Possum skins drying

Possum skins drying

A trapper dries his possum skins on boards outside a hut at Chaslands Mistake, south-east Otago. Possums were introduced into New Zealand in the 19th century to establish a fur trade. Although the country’s fur industry is very small and at times only marginally economic, some people have derived an income from selling possum skins and fur.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Possums - Spread of possums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015