Now that we have chickens, the next step is their protection. The new coop and run are built like a fort and I'm sure that even a black bear would have a hard time getting in. It is TIGHT. My brother, who lives around the corner, recently lost all 11 of his birds to a weasel and now it is after his coy fish in his pond. He has been shooting at the weasel all week. It's fast. Anyway, I thought it might be prudent to get a gun since we have so many predators in the neighborhood. We have coons, great horned owls, fisher cats, foxes, possums, skunks, black bears and coyotes. My hubby is teaching me how to use the gun.......ex marine. We purchased a 22 long semi automatic rifle by Ruger. We just took it over to my brother's house to tune in the siting. It works great and I can hit the target bullseye at 50 yards. I will have to practice for a while until I get used to it. I hope I will never have to use it, but if the girls are threatened, you bet I will protect them.