As my wife and grand daughter were coming home from town, they saw moma bear and 2 cubs. This was about a mile from the house, but it doesn't take them long to travel that distance. I hope they pass by and go down the cayon this year. They can sure tear up a coop in no time. For the last two years the electric fence has kept them out. Still I think it is time to keep the Smith & Wesson loaded. Last year one killed my neighbors turkeys and a goat, the year before one got 35 chickens in one night and made a mess of a coop. Then a few days later it killed a horse of another neighbors. That was a BIG male, who is longer with us, he came bck for more chickens, only to get lead posioning.