Our coop is almost finished, just a few more things to do next spring and we can get our first flock, I'm excited. Thanks to the many suggestions and ideas I got from BYC I feel like we have been able to predator proof adequately, ie 1/4" hardware cloth around bottom of coop, and across the bottom, will have same on all the windows when we install them next year, everything attached with screws, hardware cloth attached with screws and washers. etc. The coop is very secure but my only fear is from the bear we have in the area. They usually only come around when we have a bad year like this year, so dry! We have lived here for 15 years and I've only seen them about three times. Last week one broke down the fence in the back (dog fencing, meant to keep my dogs in, not even an annoyance to a bear), and knocked over my bird feeder hangers (no feeders or bird feed on them at all as I only feed them in the winter), he also dug thru one trash can, didn't find much as we have several worm composters in the basement so very little food waste goes in the trash, he smashed the side in on another trash can but the lid held on and he didn't get it open, DH had to use a jack to pop the can back into shape. So anyway I'm concerned about bears so I've been researching use of an electric barrier, fence or hotwire. I have no experience with electric fences so I'm clueless and need some help. We will have power to the coop. Our coop is 12'x12' with a 4'x8' garden shed on one side and a 4'x8' coop storage area on the other, the storage area opens up into the coop area so there is no "outside" entrance into the coop area, other than the clean out door, without going thru the storage area. The windows will crank out so the hardware cloth needs to be on the inside so I think the windows will be a weak point if a bear wants in. I want to run electric fence around the entire coop and the run but I need to get in and out of the garden storage area and the coop storage area and also the door to the run. If you run something permanent what do you do get access to the doors? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I feel confident that we can outwit dogs, cats, snakes, raccoons, etc. but the bears have me worried.