Close encounter of the opossum kind: Iberia Rd., Sterling, Aug. 2. A caller reported that a dog had possibly fought with a young opossum. An animal control officer found that the opossum was unharmed and that there had been no contact with the dog, so rabies testing was not necessary. The opossum was returned to the wild.
Wrong place, wrong time: Courage Ct., Leesburg, Aug. 2. A raccoon got caught in a humane trap that had been set for feral kittens. An animal control officer returned the unharmed raccoon to the wild.
Well, well, well: Broad Run Dr., Sterling, Aug. 4. Skunks were reported to be stuck in a window well at a house. An animal control officer found three trapped skunks, which the officer removed without injury and returned to the wild.
A bird dog? New Mountain Rd., Aldie, Aug. 5. A caller reported that a dog was trapped inside a boarded-up building. An animal control officer was unable to find a dog. The officer determined that the sound the caller heard was probably a black-headed vulture in the building’s steeple.
Not in our back yards: Barley Farm Lane, Purcellville, Aug. 7. A resident reported seeing a snake that resembled a copperhead near the resident’s home. An animal control officer removed the snake and released it a safe distance away from any houses.
— Compiled by Sandy Mauck