Yup, that's it. I did not go out to the coop last night expecting to find a possum in there. Yeah, I forgot to lock up the hens before we went out for the evening. That mistake didn't cause me to have any fuzzy feelings for the varmit, it didn't make my killing it wrong. When I got home and discovered the situation, I had to do pretty much what I did. If I had just backed away and left the possum in the coop, he wouldn't have peacefully exited, never to return. He would have taken another one of my hens and returned for more later. I've had enough experience with possums to know about their teeth, their growling and hissing. They're mean cusses, and the varmit last night was displaying all of that. For my own protection, for my wife's, for the protection of our hens, I had to dispatch that nasty critter. If this had happened on our farm, I might have had the option to shoot the varmit. Since it happened here within the city limits, I did what I had to do with the tools available to me. No remorse about it, either. Slept very well last night, thank you.