Saw our second predator this morning. First bobcat just got a few pieces of #8 shot in him from 50 yards and ran off. This coyote was circling the pen for a while. I ran off to get the Mini 14 and by the time I got it unlocked and the covers off the scope, the 'yote had lost interest in my Ft. Knox coop and was heading away. 1st shot was at 70 yds and missed. Missed #2 and #3 but finally nailed him at about 100 yds. I never learned to hunt and don't generally kill stuff just for the fun of it. However, I have no problems protecting my livestock from predators. I just feel a little weird shooting the 'yote as he was retreating from an impenetrable pen. We do free range the chickens in the afternoons and on the weekends, and I never know when he might have come back to try and dig under the wire in the middle of the night, maybe with a half dozen buddies too. Guess I'm looking for support that I did the right thing. I know it's practically impossible to exterminate coyotes, just don't want to upset the balance of nature too bad and for insufficient reason.