. . . our girls have been terrorized over the last month or so. We lost 6 chickens to a killer raccoon, including a brand new white silkie that was aparently pulled through the one small area of 2 x4 wielded wire that I missed fortifying with hardware cloth. (all we found were her white feathers on the inside of the coop) Well, my brother set up a trap on thursday. Nothing thursday night, nothing friday night. He had to leave saturday and wouldn't you know it . . . we got the thing saturday night/sunday morning. My dad (who's almost 80) tried to shoot it but kept missing, so I stepped up and did what had to be done and shot the thing. I've never killed anything in my life . . . in fact I hate guns in general, but I just couldn't let it keep decimating my chickens, who look to me for protection. I'm so proud of myself that I was able to do what needed to be done, although I cried for about a minute after I killed the thing, and my hands were shaking like a leaf! Girl Power! Does anyone happen to know if raccoons live in pairs? Should I be expecting to catch more of them, or will it take a while for other coons to move in on the dead one's territory? Just like to know what to expect!