Just a reminder that Bear season is fast approaching, I just did a walk of the (albeit small) property, looking to see where I can move feed, etc to make sure there are no attractants for the final calorie push the bears will be having here over the next month or so. I know we all live here, and this isn't news so to speak, but I hadn't seen this topic mentioned in all the "winter prep" threads and thought it may be helpful. So, make sure all feed is put up, and no feed/treats in the runs, lock the coop securely (admittedly, if a bear wants in, its going to get in, by why make it easy?) NO trash that isn't in a bear proof container, review bird feeders, pet food etc. The Colorado Div of wildlife has great info on the website as well as the Extension office web site.
Now, if anyone has Mtn Lion tips, other than those that apply to bears as well I would love to hear them. That is one topic my research hasn't uncovered, and a friend whose husband is a CO wildlife officer just said "do what you can and good luck".
This is my first year keeping chickens, and I admit I worry over the predator issues. I feel slightly envious to those who only have skunks etc.... real threat, yes, but at least it cant collapse coops, break into homes, and remove windows lol.
Next year I will have electric fencing, but this year the out laying cost was prohibitive. They have wonderful solar powered systems that are fairly reasonable. Thank goodness for my dog, (Great Pyr) he's probably the best protection my little ladies could have.
Anyway, good luck in your winter preps! And I Love the bears and wildlife, I hope by everyone can do "an ounce of prevention/pound of cure" approach.