We've had an oppossum living under our gazebo for quite some time. Since we're just finishing the coop and will be moving the 6 week olds out within the week, I insisted to DH we get a trap and get rid of the thing. Especially since the gazebo is about 20 feet from the coop. Well.... Something kept taking the bait and not tripping the trap. Last night we found out why. While we were working on the coop, it got dark and as I walked around the gazebo for something I saw some gleaming eyes. I didn't scream but sucked in my breath so hard DH thought I'd cut off a finger or something! We have at least 4 possum adolescents. Mother is MIA. Hopefully she's around and we can trap her. We dispatched of 3 of them last night. The remaining sibling wouldn't come out from under the gazebo (the smart one). First time I've ever shot and killed something. DH did most of the shooting. They looked kinda cute at first, but then I saw those tails, like rat tails. UGH. And I can just imagine what those sharp teeth could do to my little girls. So it was easier after that. Still felt a little sick about it though.