if you are not a person who chooses to kill the predators of your animals, please don't answer this post. i grew up with guns in my household but never learned to shoot. recently, roaming dogs almost killed one of my goats. they got her throat and one leg. she was down and "shouldn't" have survived but did. besides just the regular rural stuff, my neighborhood is a gang area. so, calling the sheriff or even animal control would give me problems for many years to come. my fencing is the best in this neighborhood. so if they are willing to get through it, well, there's not a lot i can do to improve my security. i am going to put up security movement lights in the animal areas tomorrow. i stayed up last night drinking tea in teh shadows of my property with a big stick for protection, watching the comings and goings of the night creatures. i followed one pack of three dogs in particular. when the leader of it looked through the inner fence twice, my goat made the same noise, one i'd never heard her make. there was definitely a recognition. i checked up on this dog and found out it attacked my next door neighobrs kid two years ago. not just bit, but took him down to the ground in front of his own house. so this is a dog who has to go. so, i am bringing in the stray cat who came with my house and i sort of inherited and locking it in my bathroom for a week. two of my dogs are going to a relatives house and the other one is going to be locked in my back room for a week. i'm going to leave poisoned dog food out at night. if there's any left during the day, i'll pick it up. i don't honestly want to kill "innocent" roaming dogs. it's jsut the way things are here. don't agree with it, but can't change it. anyway. if your'e not handy with a shotgun, but need to help predators take a permanent vacation from your property, what do you do?