My flock and herd of goats are far from safe, I'm figuring out. After talking to a neighbor down the road then witnessing some of these beasts myself, I'm more than a little concerned. My biggest, most immediate concern is the *#$*# beagles! Someone highly irresponsible is letting their 11 beagles out to run rampant. Obviously, these are half-way trained hunting dogs. Once, fine. Twice, okay, I was annoyed... But now, it's once in the morning and once in the evening... They run through and torment my cats, upset my 13 year old Aussie mix, Rascal, to the point of jumping his fence (which he has never done) and today, they took off after my favorite free-range roo... I put him up at night but this was 4 pm! I resorted to throwing rocks, chasing them and screaming until they finally let off. My poor roo was panting and exhausted. I called the owner... a week ago. As you can see, that helped nothing. Then there are the other threats. My friend who owns 3 commercial chicken houses has witnessed coyotes (a large pack!), bobcats, foxes and even a bear in his pasture which is just a hop, skip and jump to my animals. I already know we have possums, raccoons and skunks as I've seen those as well. My grandfather next door seems to see no immediate threat... But we're starting to lose barn cats left and right which I'm not okay with. If they're getting cats, whatever it may be, I feel like they'll move on up closer to the house and have a chicken or chevron feast. This really worries me tremendously but other than the electric, which apparently, animals CAN get through, the beagles had no problem, what else can I do to protect them? The beagles, by the way, just dug down and under the electric line... and my neighbor said the coyotes apparently jump his electric fence? I'd love to get a Pyrenees but no one local will have a litter until next year then I'd have to wait until he/she matured anyway. Any ideas or should I just brace myself, go against my previous stand point and get myself some shooting lessons?