so this "no chicken wire" discussion made me curious. i have some chicken wire scraps that i picked up out of a dumpster not long. i put on some gloves so i wouldn't cut my fingers and tried to pull the wire apart. couldn't even come close to pulling it apart. tried next to the edges, in the middle , etc., and it's pretty stout stuff. if i can't pull it apart, i don't think a raccoon will be able to. as for the staples, verdict's still out.