My chickens are free ranging in the woods and yard when we are home and we close up the coop when they head in to roost. When we're at work during the day, they're locked up in the coop and enclosed run. Sunday night, went out at dusk to close up the coop, as I do every night. Found one of our RIR's very recently deceased. It was 30 degrees out and the body was still very warm. I figure my coming out the front door 100 feet away scared off whatever it was. Following the trail of feathers, it looks like something dragged it off the low roost (about 24" off the ground), and took it out the front door, but back into the other half of my shed (the coop is half of a converted shed - the other half is storage for tools, etc.) No sign of injury other than some guts appeared to be eaten and the abdomen open. Pretty gruesome. Feathers everywhere around the dead chicken. From my reading on here, that sounds most like a possum, but somehow I doubt the possum's ability to drag the chicken around as it apparently did. There are several obstacles between the roost and the dead bird's final resting place. I went out and bought a large Havahart and baited it with peanut butter because I read that's what the possums liked (didn't have any canteloupe). Didn't catch anything Monday night, but last night we caught a raccoon who is pretty annoyed right now, after apparently spending the whole day in the trap. It managed to somehow rip off the exterior carrying handle of the trap from the inside. Pretty impressive. Do I have the culprit in custody? What do you think? The damage doesn't sound like raccoon, based on the descriptions I've read. Should I give the raccoon the benefit of the doubt? Thanks!