I live in a city of 200,000 people, and we're bordered by smaller cities all around. We've got a couple of highways crossing town but also many greenbelts. Today I was driving along a 5 lane street that was about 1/2 a mile from a big gulch that is also a spur for the major north-south interstate on the west coast. I noticed some roadkill in the road. As I got closer, I realized it was a coyote. This was only about a mile away from my home... and my chickens! Think you don't have coyotes in your neighborhood? Don't be so certain. I just did a quick search and found lots of blog posts from people near me who have seen coyotes near their homes. It's pretty likely that there are coyotes in your alley, in the local park, in nearby greenbelts, and ...? Lock up your coops. Keep your flock safe. I know I will be extra vigilant!!