Possum, opossum… yeah I know, they are interchangeable. So yeah, we had a dead possum lying right in front of our mailbox. Nasty, nasty, nasty. I saw it when it was fresh roadkill.
I realize you may have the dead animal on your property and you may be freaking out and losing all judgement and rationale… and you might not know what to do. So calm down, grab a cold drink, and I will tell you.
Just as with other dead animals, a very viable option is to bury the dead animal. Yes, it may seem schockingly obvious… but that is the way of all the earth. Animals die and we bury them. So calm down, grab a cold drink, grab a shovel, and get to work.
Another viable option, especially if you are living in the good ole U. S. of A., is to make sure the animal is in the middle of the road and let the roadkill crew come by and pick it up. Most cities and municipalities have crews for this and you pay taxes for it, so take advantage of it. So calm down, grab a cold drink, and put that dead animal in the middle of the road.
What you DEFINITELY DO NOT WANT TO DO is to put the animal in your trash can. The decaying, rotting flesh will reek with the most awful smell that has ever entered your nostrils. Flys will sing praises to your name as they swarm your thoughtless gift. Larvae will be hatched and generations spawned. If you happen to do this you may just want to burn the trash can afterward. So calm down, apologize to your roommates or family for the putrid smell around the outside of your house, and buy them all cold drinks.