I am very curious to see if different parts of US have experienced a massive predator shift over the decades like my area has. I am 44 years old, and I grew up on a 40 acre farm about 10 miles north of where I live now. In the late 70s and through most of the 80s my mom kept a flock of RIRs and WLs. Being an old farm the chicken "coop" was actually a small barn, probably 10'x20' on a concrete pad and made out of concrete block. NOTHING could get in that coop! In the mornings we would open the door and the chickens were out, completely unprotected until they went back in to roost in the evenings. They foraged in the open horse/cow pasture, in our yard, edges of the field, they were everywhere. During that 10 year span we only had TWO fatalities due to predation. Of all things - a peregrine falcon, and a stray dog. The peregrine falcon nested in the third story of our barn in the late 70s. I think it only stayed one year. I remember a barn owl taking its place so I don't know if it left on its own or if the owl ran it off. It only killed one chicken (that I remember) and mostly took doves and pigeons. Then in the mid 80s a stray dog went through and killed my mom's pair of black cochin bantams. That is one of the only times I remember seeing my mom cry. We would have the random hawk fly over, on occasion we'd see a fox down the road, but there were no coyotes at that time, no bald eagles and none of the few predators we did see attacked. A few years ago when I was wanting to get chickens, I had this fantasy of the good ol' days and couldn't wait to look out my windows and see chickens free ranging in my yard. But I was actually looking out my windows and seeing fox and bald eagles slaughtering my neighbor's free range chickens. So, no free range for me. Now granted I do live along a river with miles and miles of uninhabited woods and fields, different than the farm I grew up on just 10 miles north of here, but there are predators now that weren't in this area 30 some years ago. Any of you in different parts of the country have an influx of predators you didn't have years ago?