How does one keep large grizzly bears out of the coop? What manner of fortress have some of you had to build to keep our larger than life predators? This was a common problem for me back in Alaska, but in California I am just paranoid about hawks.
I found grizzly tracks in the mud around my coop just a couple of weeks ago. Bears are wide-ranging right now trying to build up more fat prior to going into their dens for the winter. The bear got into the wild bird feeder and garbage cans but left the coop alone. After spotting the tracks, I've been removing the chicken feeder from inside the run over night so as not to tempt them. So far, so good.
The coop and run are built pretty stout but I'm sure a bear could tear it apart if it desired. They've been known to break into closed and locked cars and trucks.
The county just built a new dumpster site nearby. They installed six-foot high, electrified cyclone fence topped with two feet of barbed wire to keep the bears out. I'm not willing to go that far, and will certainly not be shooting any bears. I've been told I live in the "Pleistocene" where everything eats everything. Along with the grizzly bears, we have Black bear, mountain lion, wolves, coyotes, eagles, hawks, and other assorted carnivorous beasties.