The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. Call 301-499-8300 for directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at; click on Government, then go to Department & Agency Index.

Ferret Plays Possum in Bedroom

GREENBELT, Springhill Dr., 6200 block, Sept. 25. A woman asked for help in removing an "opossum" from her bedroom. An animal control officer caught the animal, a brown and buff ferret, and took it to the shelter. The ferret's owner called to claim the animal two days later.

Invasion of the Snakes

TEMPLE HILLS, Simmons Lane, 4500 block, Sept. 26. A man requested help in removing a large black snake from his living room. An animal control officer picked up the corn snake and returned it to the wild.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Ronald Rd., 6600 block, Sept. 26. An animal control officer removed a black rat snake from a resident's bedroom and returned it to the wild.

Pet Store Cleanup Ordered

LAUREL, Washington Blvd., 900 block, Sept. 20. An animal control officer inspected a pet store and found dead fish in its tanks. The owner was directed to remove the dead fish and clean the tanks. Also, bird perches were found to be dirty, finches were reportedly housed in dirty cages, several animals were found in a storage room and an outside storage door with three holes in it made it possible for mice to enter the store. The officer was to schedule a follow-up inspection.

Deer Gets Stuck in Fence

LANHAM, Nashville Rd., 6900 block, Sept. 8. A deer that became stuck in a fence behind a woman's house was taken to the animal shelter. It was euthanized because of its injuries.

Dog Euthanized After Shooting

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Rochelle Ave., 1900 block, Sept. 26. Animal control officers, responding to a call from Prince George's County police, picked up a white and black pit bull that had been shot. The dog was euthanized at the recommendation of a doctor at an emergency hospital.

Dead Wildlife Removed

LANHAM, Kepner Ct., 7000 block, Sept. 23. A representative of the Animal Management Division picked up a dead fox from a resident's back yard.

BOWIE, Cherrywood Lane, 12800 block, Sept. 25. Two dead rabbits were removed from the area in front of a residence.

Stray Dogs Impounded

BELTSVILLE, Sellman Rd., 4300 block, Sept. 25. An animal control officer picked up a black and tan adult female German shepherd from a county police station. The dog had a collar but no identification; it was made available for adoption when no one claimed it.

COLLEGE PARK, Paducah Rd., 5200 block, Sept. 26. An animal control officer picked up a stray, black and white neutered adult male pointer wearing a collar with no identification. It was made available for adoption.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER