I am pet sitting my neightbors cats while she is out and every night I feed the out side cat the coons come up and eat the food. I stood at the back door and said "You will live as long as you leave my chickens alone". They have never bothered my girls. Go figure I don't have to trap or shoot any.......so far! My coop is very secure so I am happy to co-exist with these varmints. I know they are just doing what they do. But God forbid, they hurt my girls, this means war.