Last week a black bear attacked a chicken coop in my town, about a mile away from my house. It killed 5 chickens and a duck. This same bear has been seen all over the area, including my neighborhood. I do not live in a rural area. I live in a suburban town of 30,000 people. My lot is a 1/2 acre, with a tiny wooded portion behind my back lawn, although I can still see neighbors on all four sides. The town has refused to take any action, and to a degree I don't blame them. Until now the bear hasn't really caused any problems. Now, however, I am pretty nervous. For one thing, I have a small child. For another, I'm worried for my chickens. This bear has developed a taste for chicken, the attack was only about a mile away, and he's definitely been through my neighborhood before. Because I live in a neighborhood with such small lots, the traditional ways of fending off bears (electric fencing, LGDs) just aren't going to work. Plus, a small child and a dumb (but loveable) dog also further rule out electric fencing. A gun is not an option for me, either. I know there is nothing to do but keep my fingers crossed, but I'm still nervous!