How to Build a Possum Cage

On the hunt for an easy meal, possums are common visitors to people's porches, trash bins and gardens. Eliminating access to pet foods and garbage can help deter possums, but if you feel the need to take more drastic action, it's easy to build a cage for humanely catching and relocating a pesky possum.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy plastic or wooden crate
  • A board or piece of plywood bigger than the top opening of the crate
  • Bait that can be tied to a string (a hot dog or piece of cheese will work well)
  • Y-shaped stick about 1 inch in diameter and 12 inches in length
  • 20 inch length of nylon cord


    • 1

      Set up your cage in an area frequented by the possum you're trying to catch. Because possums are nocturnal, it's best to ready your cage just before sunset.

    • 2

      Tie the bait securely to one end of the nylon cord.

    • 3

      Place the bait inside the crate. Thread the free end of the cord through the slats or openings in the bottom of the crate and back inward through the slats so that the bait will hang from the slats when the crate is overturned.

    • 4

      Turn the crate upside down and position it on top of the board or plywood. Prop one edge of the crate on the forked end of the stick, keeping the stick as vertical as possible. The bottom of the stick should rest on the board.

    • 5

      Tie the free end of the cord about 1 inch above the bottom of the stick. Adjust the tension of your cord so that the bait hangs about 1 inch from the “ceiling” of the crate. The cage is now set.

    • 6

      Wait for the possum to take the bait. When the possum enters the cage in search of food, it will tug at the bait, pulling the string and dislodging the stick. The crate will fall closed, capturing the possum.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once the possum is caught, use a bungee cord or strap to keep the cage securely closed during transport to a rural or wooded area more than a mile from your house.
  • Use fresh bait every time you set up the cage.
  • Wear heavy leather gloves while handling the cage to protect your hands from bites and scratches.
  • To prevent the possum from escaping or being injured, check the cage regularly and do not leave the possum in the cage longer than 2 or 3 hours.
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