Last night I went out to close up my ducks, who usually put themselves away in their coop every night on their own. They were all in the garage, and when I tried to herd them into their coop, they wouldn't go anywhere near it. So I got a flashlight and looked in the coop, and there was a raccoon sitting inside, just waiting for a duck dinner. I had to poke it in the face with my pitchfork to get it to leave; I gave it a couple of good wallops on the rear on its way out the door. I guess it just came out of hibernation... which means tonight I have to get my .22 out hibernation, clean it, and get ready! And here it is, only the beginning of March... I hope it's not going to be a bad year for predators.