Although this disturbing article covers gangs of raccoons in British Columbia targeting family cats, what every chicken owner who hasn't encountered these predatory vermin yet should take away from the story is this statement: City wildlife experts say raccoons and cats occasionally spar over territory, but its rare that raccoons will hunt down a large animal to eat. Not so rare anymore. They're becoming increasingly "territorial" in this area. Notice also that their local Animal Protection Society considers raccoons "pests." http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...f-raccoons-preying-on-family-pets-in-b-c?bn=1 Just a heads-up for BYC members in the area to fortify their coops and protect their pets -- and a plea to everyone NOT to relocate raccoons.