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What should I do with an opossum after I catch it?

So you found that there was an opossum that was living in or around your home. You got a cage and trapped it inside, or you herded it into a bag and now you got it captured. Good for you! That was awesome that you were able to capture this pest and keep it from causing any further turmoil in your home.

Now you are stuck with the next important question. What should you do with an opossum after you have caught it? That is a really good question.

There are several different options that you have available to yourself. Obviously, you are not simply going to let it go on the other side of your property line. If it came to your home looking for food or shelter before, then it is going to return again, so this cannot be your option at all.

You could simply kill it. While this is a permanent solution to the problem, many don’t have the stomach for this option. They would prefer to do something a lot more humane to take care of the problem.

However, it should be mentioned that this is not a bad option. If you don’t want this creature around your property, then disposing of it permanently is a viable choice. Some even decide to kill the opossum and cook it up and eat it. Not everyone finds this to be a tasty treat, but if you do then bon appetite.

This leaves you with a final option – to take it somewhere else to get rid of it. You can first call the local animal control or agencies that care for wild animals. They may be willing to take that opossum off of your hands, even if there is a small charge to you. This can be a good option because you know the animal will be cared for, and you don’t have to do much other than make a call and pay a few bucks for them to come and get it.

Otherwise, your option is to take it some place to dispose of the animal yourself. You can take it to a forest area and let it go. This gives it open space to find a new home and you don’t have to worry about it coming back.

However, in the course of transporting the opossum, make sure that you take measures to protect yourself and your vehicle. Make sure you always use gloves when handling the cage, and don’t let the cage get close enough to you so that the animal can scratch or bite you. Also, keep the cage covered and cover the back of your vehicle so that it does not get waste from the opossum in it.

Read more: Opossum Control, How to Get Rid of Opossums, Opossum Feces.

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