... I heard my ducks making lots of noise so I ran outside onto the deck to see what was going on. I could hear something in their run flapping around banging into things and the ducks were quacking for their lives (even the bantam ducks in the next yard over who couldn't SEE what was going on were quacking up a storm and running around in their run!). So I yelled at DH and said "something is in the duck run!". I could hear it crashing around inside and outside the run and then it run into the woods. I think the only reason it didn't get to them was because it hadn't had time to figure out how to cross the pool (which is inside the run) to get at them. We went out to make sure all the ducks were ok and they were quietly hiding in a dog kennel (inside the run) where I put their feed so I removed the food, gave them a waterer and locked them up for the night with my fingers crossed. This morning when I let them out, they were a little skittish and I walked around the outside of the run to see where whatever it was had got in. I found a hole in the wire that I hadn't fixed yet and it was much bigger than before and surprisingly 4.5' up off the ground. There were also two huge droppings on top of my water pump by their pool. When I got home from work I patched the hole with double wire and gave the entire run another inspection but it looked fine, no more holes. NOTE TO SELF: Fix any holes in wire IMMEDIATELY, do not procrastinate!! Tonight, I heard the ducks quacking again only not quite as loud as last night. Again I quickly went out onto the deck (which is only 10' from the duck house/run) and there was a huge raccoon - brave as can be - on top of the duck house pulling at the wire trying to find a way into the run again! He wasn't even scared when he saw me. DH got a shovel and I followed along with my phone flashlight (which doesn't quite do the trick in the big outdoors lol) to make sure it wasn't still trying to get in. We didn't see it but I'm sure it was sitting a little ways into the woods in a tree snickering at us thinking "ha amateurs!" Just for the girls sakes, I locked them in the kennel again. So tomorrow I'm going shopping for a paint ball gun or bb gun or some other type gun that I can shoot at it to make myself feel better and to hopefully scare the you-know-what off. I know it's only legal to trap/hunt if I have a hunting/trapping license but I'm not gonna kill it I just want to scare it I know ultimately the best defense is a good, strong pen.