Yesterday afternoon I saw a possum crossing the yard. It was average size and looked as healthy as any of them ever do. It came across the driveway, under the fence, toward the house and disappeared behind the porch. By the time I got outside I couldn't tell if it had gone under the porch (solid on 3 sides and DARK) or crossed the front yard and gone into the woods. It was raining and getting dark so I let the issue drop and went back inside. I don't have kids (the reason many give for reacting to wild creatures). I DO have 3 dogs who live all day inside the yard. I have also gotten chickens this summer - so still 'new' chicken owner figuring out all the chicken stuff. And I have a barn cat who is getting older and not as spry as he used to be. Tonight when I came home the dogs were barking frantically at the rose bush. Nothing at all like their usual "HI! You're home!" bark but something wild and completely not normal for them. I went over and found a possum (same size - guessing the same one) laying just inside the fence. I guessed that he was 'playing possum' because of the dog's frantic reaction. I puzzled for just a moment... Assume it IS dead and scoop it into a feed bag to get rid of later? What if it isn't really dead? What if it 'comes around' and attacks me? Scoop it into a cage?? And do what with it?? Assume it's not really dead, get the dogs inside and let it go?? And when it comes back tomorrow? Or the next day?? It is laying INSIDE the yard - if it wasn't for the fact that it's almost right on the radio fence, the dogs would've already gotten it. If it wasn't really dead, would I be facing injured dogs too?? And what about when it discovers the coop? I decided that I only had a short time before it stopped playing dead so (not having a gun) I went to get a shovel. As it laid there playing dead - I drew back and smacked it in the head with everything I had. It jumped and twitched and went still. I scooped it into a feed bag and left it in the barn to dispose of tomorrow. But I feel terrible! It was just laying there. I can not say if it had been injured prior to me killing it... I can not say if it would've ever been a problem - or would have even come back after being harassed by the dogs.... What would you have done? Geez, this is horrible.