Twice in the past week we had a bear pay us a visit. He hasn't caused too much damage, just a plastic bowl we had guinea food in. Last night, he ate all the food in the wild bird feeders and a block of suet. We are no longer going to be feeding any wild birds. I think he might have gone after the a guinea, but they flew off. It was midnight and when I turned on the porch light and opened the door I heard him run off into the woods. Nothing else around these parts could make that much noise. We are about to move all the chickens outside in the coop my husband is finishing, but now I'm worried the bear will think they are for him. We have an electric poly net that we were going to use to free range them. Do you think that will be good enough to deter a bear? I was worried about little varmints getting the chickens like a fox or weasels. I'm not sure 1/2 inch hardware cloth is going to keep a bear out of the coop.