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Humane Ways to Kill an Opossum in a Cage

It is better to leave a live possum to its habitat, that is; back in the bushes, but leaving them alive might bring a risk of re-invasion. That is why most people recommend killing the marsupial right within the cage.



Poisons
Poisoning is the most convenient option, although there is no legal poison available to kill the opossum and some state laws do not like it. However, if you insist on doing it, it is your choice. Furthermore, it may happen that the toxin has become ineffective and the mammal remains alive. Another dreadful possibility could occur if that the poison is consumed by some other living being. Cyanide is the most common poison used globally to kill animals inside the cage. Care should be taken while placing the cyanide capsule inside the trap. Place the cyanide pills in bait stations to lure possums. It is a somewhat humane approach towards the killing of the mammal. Be cautious to remove the bait platform as soon as possible with not a bit of cyanide remaining. Vitamin D3 is another humane type of poison to discard of an opossum. Usually no licensing or formality is required to use this toxin for opossums. Cholecalciferol restricts calcium metabolism and the target organism dies within a certain number of days.

Toxic Gases
Animals in cage traps are sprayed with lethal gases via vehicle exhaust fumes. They must be cooled enough to cause less harm to the animal. The trap is covered with a plastic cover and gas is blown via pipes, which are insulated to cool the gas for a cool effect or the gases can be simmered by water for a cool effect. Gassing is an inexpensive and comparatively safer option.

Deadly Traps
A lethal trap to kill the opossum is a rare option but it is functional. These lightweight snares are spacious enough to entrap cats or dogs and there is a great risk of killing such animals. These inexpensive cages are kept in your yards to kill the possums. An effective kill trap could be fixed to kill the possum. It should be used at least 150 meters away from your own premises. The law states that leg-hold traps must not be used within 150 meters of a house without the permission of the occupier, or in any area where there is a probable risk of catching a pet animal. These traps should not cause any physical trauma to the animal. The entire cage traps, whether lethal or not, should be inspected at least once daily. Killing any living creature does not sound good, but it is sometimes inevitable in some cases, and if the above written options do not suit you then they can be slayed by shooting, or via blows. Go back to the How to get rid of opossums home page.

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