I am beginning to wonder about my area. I have had claw marks and things on my barns and coops so have been settign the live trap and am catching a raccon every night jsut about. Now added a nasty opposum( spelling?) Is anyone else have a huge amount of predator activity now? I am not doing anything different other than i have some young birds and chicks at the moment. Then this morning doing my usual gig before work - sun is up - let all the chooks out - all is well. I have dogs of my own but am also watching a friends Anatolian Shepard mix. Well i am in the barn fiddling around - hear the chickens going nuts dogs barking - growling etc. Mind you the chickens roam in about two acres fenced in by 5 foot high fence. I go out ( with gun in hand) and there is my friends dog - with all the chickens behind her like she had herded them into the corner against the barn. She is in front growling and barking - 40 feet away - a coyote! I panicked - i got a shot off towards it and it bolted - went right thru a hole in fence i hadnt seen. Lesson learned reguarly check the fence - will be fence patching tonite. I thought they were nocturnal! My friend has this dog to protect his sheep - he is on vacation and has a female friend watching watching his place. The reason i have her is that this dog hates women - But Thank God she was there- other chore tonite - give her a nice piece of steak!