A week or so ago, we spotted a couple timber wolves very close to our home and then a few days ago, a neighbour stopped in to let us know that they spotted a cougar within 50 feet of our acreage. I knew there were cougars around but I have to admit the timber wolves took me by surprise. Our dear dog is really good about barking when she hears/sees ANYTHING and usually keeps them at bay. Last fall she treed a bear in our yard, just in front of our front door. So yes, a question. Are cougars and the wolves far more concerned with big prey (deer, moose etc) than my wee chickens or should I be concerned? Half of my chickens free range. I just think that if a large animal like that wanted into my coop, they would get in, you know...it would have to be a lot more secure than it is now...probably more secure than I could make it.