Alligators will readily eat American ‘possums, and of course ‘possums will eat ‘possums–one often sees a dead ‘possum on the road, and then in succeeding days you’ll see another hit in or around the same spot–attracted to the scent of carrion. And of course vultures and crows like ‘possum road kill. Reminds me of the joke,”Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the ‘possum it could be done!” But it is true most predators don’t care for ‘possum unless they are VERY hungry. My wolf hybrids, who regularly caught and ate many different kinds of critters, refused to eat two animals–‘possums and foxes(both reds and greys). My Catahoula used to grab ‘possums and FLING them enormous distances, without serious harm to the ‘possums–he obviously didn’t even want to bite down on them! I thought for a time of breeding for this characteristic in Catahoulas, and starting up a “‘possum flinging” sport!(just kidding!). My own hillbilly relatives, back during the Depression, used to tree ‘possums with their hounds/curs, and keep them in a hutch and feed them vegetable scraps for a coupla weeks before cooking and eating them–just as you mentioned, Retrieverman. I have eaten it(baked ‘possum and sweet taters is a classic Southern dish!), and I liked it! It is very greasy, but cooked right, is quite tender and tasty(I LIKE greasy meat!). I have been on many a ‘possum hunt, as well as just hand-caught and moved or played around with them–it is quite easy and safe to do if you know how. Just quickly grab them by their tails and hoist them up(they hang by their prehensile tails, so this doesn’t damage or hurt them in any way), but you have to keep “shaking them down”, to keep them from climbing up and biting you(they have a powerful bite!). Just kinda jiggle them back-and-forth to keep them off balance till you get them moved where you want them(your mother-in-law’s bedroom, your neighbor’s bathroom, or perhaps the choir stand of your local church just before Sunday service! You’ll be guaranteed to hear notes from the choir never before enjoyed by the congregation!)…….
Unbelievable, let the dogs have the opossum, I kept thinking, “why are you not letting the dogs have it”. My farm collies kill opossums like cats kill mice, all the time, no opossum is safe on my farm.