Species Code: DIVI
Breeding Range Map
The Virginia Opossum had entered Washington by 1941 by deliberate introduction from the eastern U.S, migration from introduced populations in Oregon, or both. It is now common in the Puget Trough from the Columbia River to the Canadian border. It also occurs along the entire coast. On the west side, it generally occurs below 1000 feet in broadleaf forests along streams and rivers and on farmland. Its range expansion has been slower in eastern Washington. There, they seem to be associated with riparian areas, irrigated agriculture, and development.
Core zones were the low to mid-elevation zones of the west side, the steppe zones, and Ponderosa Pine zone. In the forested zones, good habitats were low- to medium-density development, agriculture, fresh waster/wetlands, hardwood forests, and non-forested.
The range limits of the Virginia Opossum have probably not stabilized, especially in eastern Washington.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
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