Alright so maybe some of you heard the story of Pumpkin, my poor buff Bantam Cochin hen who was killed by an unknown predator on October 6th, 2010 (exactly 3 weeks ago). If not, here's the link to the thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=407228 *Please note: Then that happened, it was foggy and raining out all day.* _____________ Now, what happened last night; All was normal. I went to bed around 11pm. Then, at around 12:53am, I was awoken because my parents said that they had heard a cat screaming outside. We have a young cat, named Nadia, who was spayed a couple days ago, and so she has been kept inside after her operation to let her rest. Well, she somehow sneaked outside without anyone noticing. We searched around the house to make sure that it could be her, and sure enough she wasn't inside anywhere. We thought that maybe it was a fisher. I've heard that they make screaming sounds at night that can be mistaken for a lady or a cat screaming, because that's what it sounds like. And so we went out looking for her. *Please note that at the time, it was raining outside. It was like the same exact conditions as the night when Pumpkin was killed, three weeks beforehand; raining, foggy, and wet.* We walked around the woods, calling Nadia, until we heard her faint meowing. We followed it, calling her over and over again, and she kept meowing to us. But she wouldn't come to us, oddly. Finally, we followed her meowing to a place in the woods where it sounded like she was right there somewhere. But she wasn't anywhere in sight on the ground. We could hear her meowing as if she was right in front of us, but we couldn't see her. Then, we thought about the trees. And, sure enough, when we looked up, there was Nadia! She was approximately over 10 feet up in a tall oak tree, which was right on the perimeter of the woods around the house. She was up in the tree, which pretty much was so tall that it had no branches on it except for one that she was sitting on, so we got a ladder and called her until she started to climb slowly down. It was too high, actually for the ladder to reach her, so we had to wait until she climbed down a little ways before we could reach her and bring her down. She was unharmed, though a little shaken up and she seemed happy to be back inside when we brought her back inside the house. I kept her in my bedroom for the night and she's acting like her normal self again today. So, the question is, what caused Nadia to scream as if she was being attacked and then climb over 10 feet up a tree in the middle of the night?! I, personally, think that it was a fisher. And I think that it was the same predator that killed Pumpkin. Whatever it was, Nadia was able to escape from and quickly climb up the tree. I think she had been wandering around the perimeter of the woods, like she always does at night, and something, such as a fisher, tried to attack her. I have heard of fishers attacking cats. (From Wikipedia: "In recent years there have been several reports of fishers attacking small dogs and cats and in at least one case, a small child.") Now, what seems strange is the connection between the weather conditions between the time when Pumpkin was killed, and now when Nadia was obviously scared by something. Scared enough to run up over 10 feet in a tree, that is! The weather was very similar, and I think somehow it's related to how and when the unknown predator hunts. Either that or it was a complete coincidence that both incidents happened with the same exact weather conditions. The only thing is is that this time, it was at a different time that this happened. Pumpkin was killed sometime from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, while it was still light out. And, like I said, what happened last night happened around 12:53 in the morning, when it obviously was still dark out. But still, the weather conditions were identical. Anyone have any ideas? The chickens are fine, but this has me really worried. It took me a while to fall back asleep last night, because I was worried that whatever tried to attack Nadia might come back and try to get into the chicken coop. Thanks and any thoughts/ideas are appreciated!