I got home late tonight and asked dh to come with me to the coop to close the gate. (I get scared walking to the back of the property at night) Good thing he came. As we got closer I heard some squeeking and caught the back end of something running toward the enclosure. Smelled faint skunk and we ran the other direction. I'm a bit perplexed though and maybe you can advise as this is my first encounter with a preditor and my birds after 1.5 years. The mesh around our seconarary run is 8 foot deer fencing but we have it so that it leans forward into the run. Think candy cane. So this thing couldn't have possibly run up and over the deer mesh?? I can see it getting in but surely not out??? We did find a space under the run that dh could but his shoe into and a turkey feather on the other side. Can a skunk REALLY squeeze under such a small hole and drag a 10 week old turkey with it? Tmo a.m. we are going to search for carnage. This stinks! I'm so .... ROAR! Based on the above can we assume a snunk got in under the run, grabbed a turkey and ran back under with it? We live in Southern Alberta and haven't had racoons as far as I can remember. There have been sightings of racoons at the river some 30 kms away though. Do racoons smell terrible? Also do they hang out in praire. There are not many trees around us. Just crop. Thanks all.