Yesterday me and my girls were out enjoying the day about 3 pm; I was mowing the lawn about 100 yards from them. I don't know what made me look, but I saw a figure that initially made me think it was my old black shepherd Kyro out pacing the chain link. Then I realized he was in the house and saw 4 hens running mad back to the barn, and I knew what I had seen up there had run into the weeds then woods and I needed to get up there. I've never run so fast in my life. I found white feathers I knew belonged to my beloved Dolly (leghorn beauty). I am a police officer, so I grabbed my service weapon and went after that thing. I found Dolly sadly in weeds and under a tree about 20 feet from where she was taken. She had obvious injury to her rear, and some blood near her beak. I never found the culprit. I know we have coyote and fox here. I used to raise fox as a child and know they hunt at night. The mice and bunnies are plentiful, so I doubt they need to hunt during the day. Same goes for the coyote. I have only ever seen them during early morning or early dusk, and howl in the night. Like I said, I swore it was a dog but my mind may have interpreted that since I thought it was Kyro. I would think I would have seen one dumbing around the place instead of lurking in the weeds and take off like a chickens**t after grabbing my girl. I only know of 2 dogs in the 'neighborhood' (I live in a very rural area), and one is a police k9. If that thing is running around, we are all in trouble around here. Has anyone had run ins with big dog like predators at the 3 o'clock hour? If it is a dog, I can strategize. If its a wild animal, my girls can never go outside again. Wouldnt whatever killed her take her with? I read the predator sheet, and some things fit but others dont.