My dogs started barking like crazy last couple of nights so I go out to the coop armed with a metal garden rake and a flashlight (I live in the suburbs, so no gun:|) and see a really big raccoon hanging on the hardware cloth covering the coop window. This guy didn't even flinch when I screamed at him...so I clocked him with the rake. Dh is out of town but said that's not the thing to do as it could have really hurt me...but I wasn't thinking in the moment. The raccoon hightailed it outta there. I've never SEEN one in our neighborhood before! Luckily, when we were building our coop, I insisted we "go overboard" on the hardware cloth even though my Dh and his buddy thought I was nuts. Dh says the raccoon will be back. What can I do? Critter Ridder? Trap? Then what? We've got big dogs in the neighborhood, I have small dogs, but this guy wasn't fazed by me at all...That is, until I attacked him. My coop is like Ft. Knox *knocks on wood* The run is enclosed with chicken wire and I have a sun shade tarp bungeed across the top(not raccoon proof). Will the raccoon come after my hens in daylight hours?