I just spotted a raccoon coming into my yard where my girls free range. Praise God He had me glance out the window. I sent my border collie out and he circled the yard looking for what had alarmed me. He didn't know it at the time, but he scared the raccoon up a tree. I tied the dog nearby while I went in to phone my husband. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't learned enough about our guns to know which one to use, so I needed to ask. While I was inside the raccoon came down and left. Is it normal behavior for a raccoon to be out in the middle of the day? I have free ranging birds and the run I do have isn't secure against a hungry raccoon. I don't know that my dog is trustworthy enough to be out in the yard all day to protect them. I thought they were safe against raccoons because they only came out at night. I am so grateful I didn't have to learn about this the hard way.