People who live in the city usually don't realize the wildlife that lives around them - because they usually come out at night. My roosters live in the city, but a more rural area, there are several fields and wooded lots in the area, some unkept, some with horses, etc. Besides some houses, a power substation, the RR tracks, and the sewer plant are also in the general area. Anyway, I typically go water the roos at night while they are on their roost, so they don't try to escape and they always wake up to fresh water. I have also found that around midnight is a good time to check the livetrap, seems most of the raccoons have been caught between dusk and midnight. So out I go tonight. When I get to the neighborhood I almost hit a Golden Retreiver who trotted out from a wooded area across to a house with his prize kill, looked like a field mouse. While I don't approve of letting your dogs run loose, seeing him doing his natrual thing kinda made me smile. I wish my dogs were a bit more useful when it comes to rodent/predator removal. Slackers. Then further down the road standing in one of the horse fields I saw a doe peeping out at me above some brush When I got to my roosters, there was a possum in the trap. I don't view them as horrible predators so long as the pen is fairly secure they won't hurt my roos. I suspect he has been taking the bodies of the birds that the raccoons got before I finished my dig-resisting skirt. I thanked him for his services and released him. On the return trip I did see one ugly raccoon inbetween where I saw the dog and the deer. It ran off the road into the brush. Darnit! I suspect he'll end up in my trap some day One short trip, we're talkin a 3-5 minute drive, and I see all kinds of animals doin their things For the most part it just made me happy (it's just unfortunate that raccoons have such a ferocious taste for chicken) I'm also surprised by the number of bugs that I saw crawling around on the ground out there in the glow of my Maglight. You'd think with all the chickens they would have at least made a dent in the populations I guess they come out at night because of the extreme heat during the day.