Do opossum usually die this easily?

Submitted by Cecil on 7/13/06 at 5:38 PM. ( )

Walked out the door the other morning with the dog to feed the fish and was greated by a opposum. Before I could restrain the dog she grabbed it by the neck and apparently snapped it. From my limited trapping experiences these critters are usually hard to kill.

I figured maybe it was playing opposum but when I came back a half hour later it was still laying in the same postion. Have to wonder if this thing was sick or something and weakend already.

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650 to 750 PSI

This response submitted by Glen Conley on 7/13/06 at 7:40 PM. ( )

is what is considered as normal jaw power for shepherd size dogs.

Yer Uncle George is going to bust your butt for having been "greated" by a possum.

Sounds about right

This response submitted by George on 7/13/06 at 10:12 PM. ( )

My Pomeranian will kill a squirrel in a split second with a quick shake and snap. A beagle (if trained properly) can kill a cat with a quick snap. And coyotes routinely kill and eat foxes.

What's even more amazing

This response submitted by Cecil on 7/13/06 at 10:40 PM. ( )

how this dog can grab me by the wrist etc, play rough and not break any skin. It's amazing how much control they have. She's a german shepard/collie mix and bigger than an german shepard I have ever seen. She weighs over 100 lbs.

Here's a pic of her:

That's not a bad looking head on that dawg.

This response submitted by Glen on 7/13/06 at 11:26 PM. ( )

How tall is she at the shoulder?

Got a standing profile picture of her?

No I don't Glen but...

This response submitted by Cecil on 7/14/06 at 12:20 AM. ( )

She can rest her head on the dinner table easily. It can be dangerous at dinner time if you're not carful. LOL

BEAUTIFUL animal, Cecil

This response submitted by George on 7/14/06 at 12:54 AM. ( )

Yep, a real possum snuffer there. LOL

Thanks George

This response submitted by Cecil on 7/14/06 at 10:23 AM. ( )

And I picked her up at the Dog Pound where there are lots of animals that need a good home and appreciate it.

Can't beat a pound puppy

This response submitted by Steve on 7/14/06 at 12:05 PM. ( )

Nice dog. She probably thought you were in imminent danger!

That's the fastest way to kill one

This response submitted by Mark in IL on 7/15/06 at 2:13 AM. ( )

Hi Cecil,

I have done a lot of trapping and with trapping comes opossums. I have killed them by bashing them in the head, shooting them in the head (their brains are so small, most of the time you miss it), running them through conibears (body grip traps), etc. THEN I read about putting them kind of flat on all fours (while they are in a trap)and putting a broomstick sized stick right behind the skull. Place a foot on the stick on each side of the skull, grab the tail, pull up real fast. This disjoints the head from the neck and they are dead in about 15 seconds.

Oh... don't try this on raccoons or coyotes.


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