Legal issues: It is illegal to handle or interfere with possums unless they are in your roof or other parts of buildings. If removed, they must be released within 50 metres of the capture point or they have to be taken to a Vet and put down. This costs money and does not solve the problem (refer above). It is illegal to relocate possums as studies have shown that they will suffer badly and may even die as a consequence. Possums are legally protected when living in gardens and must not be trapped, harmed or removed. Breaching regulations carries a significant penalty.