I was out scaring a skunk away from my chicken coop when I heard a very creepy sound coming from the distant woods. I've heard it a couple of times before. It sounds almost like a cat fight, but much louder, harsher, and from much farther away. There was a more muted call in between the shrieking, but that might be a different animal. I live in Western Massachusetts in farm country. Any thoughts? On a not entirely unrelated note, what is the best type of gun for someone who hasn't shot anything since camp 20 years ago and who has no desire to hunt, only to protect his chickens? We bought a cheap pellet gun, and it just isn't going to cut it around here.