Thankfully my rooster lets me know when a predator is lurking and this coon has been coming around since New Years Eve, and found it IN my chicken pen (climbing in through a weak spot in covered dog kennel) for the 3rd time today. The first two times I chased it out... this time it was in the pen, but inside the converted rabbit hutch/hen house where the food is.... so I locked it IN. (My chickens were out free ranging and now are locked away in a more secure smaller pen till I figure this out) The hutch where the coon is locked in is all hardware cloth and wood... not sure if it will tear up the pen trying to get out... all this JUST happened... but for now it is sitting there growling at me. I DO want to dispose of this returning pest... what can I do if I don't have anything but handgun I have never shot so I can't use that inside this hutch anyway. Poison maybe? I read about feeding exlax... will that work? Any advice to someone who has never killed an animal... but willing to do what it takes to protect my pet chickens.