My BF called me at work at about 6am telling me there was a break-in in the duck coop. He woke up to distressed ducks and looked out the back window to see a bear trying to catch the ducks. The bear wasn't people shy at all and he had to make a bunch of noise to get it to run off. The coop is a 4x8 tractor that used to be a small run. So its covered in a layer of 2"x4" welded wire, then has OSB covering that. There is a 4x4 square in the front that had chicken wire and welded wire. What I thought was a pretty secure coop! Well Mrs. Bear ripped both layers of wire AND ripped the front 4x4 panel of OSB off.. So as dBF was trying to quickly patch the coop, with one duck left, another duck showed up. A little while later he said a 3rd duck came home followed By Mrs. Bear. He was outside and said she just stopped and kind of kicked back and started watching him. He had to hit a shovel on some rocks to get her to run away. Of course we only have a 12 guage and a .22... Nothing that would even come close to harming a bear. Fish and Game doesn't open til monday. I lost 1 duck and a blind rooster that lived with them. So I went out and bought a roll of hot wire and a charger and everything. I have previously read something like place it at 12" and 24", or 12" and 36" I cant remember. But the more strands the better so what about 12", 24" and 36" or should they be placed at other hights? Last year when we were having bear problems (they were only going after the chicken feed then..) Fish and Game said turn on talk radio loud, Lights on, worn human clothes that are placed to look like a person, Lock all food up... The guy also said we have what they call a nuisance bear and they do not trap and relocate them. Anyone have any bear advice for me?? It is greatly appriciated! My dad told me he would lend me a bigger gun I would just have to go pick it up from him (a 4 hr drive each way)... I just need to do something today so I still have chickens and ducks in a few days here!!!