Hello all. We lost our first hen a few days ago to a big ol' bobcat. It attacked in broad daylight (about 4:00 PM) while the girls were free ranging. I was in the garden, only about 30 feet away from them at the time, and we were also about 20 feet from the house. Brave kitty. When I heard the commotion and saw the girls freaking out and a patch of fur moving quickly thru the leaves, I charged down the hill towards them (at that moment I believed it was the neighborhood mink who I was planning on just chasing off). I got about 15 feet from the cat before I saw it, hopping across the stream with one of my girls hanging from its mouth It didn't even bat an eyelash about me being so close which makes me a little uncomfortable.. The rest of the girls are of course locked up in the coop/run for the time being cause I know it will be/probably already has been back, but I really don't want to keep them locked up in there forever. They are only 17 weeks old and have had just a taste of the big wide world (had been free-ranging for 10 days). Is there ANY way to keep a bobcat away short of putting a bullet in it? Any type of fencing or something? UGHHH Thanks in advance for any advice.