Venting because I'm so fustrated...I've lost a bunch of my flock, including my gorgeous little buff silkies (they were NICE ones, too!) and a beautiful porcelain roo that I was quite fond of - not to mention a bunch of my other birds. I KNOW it's a raccoon and a large opossum doing it but every time I lay down my traps I end up catching a cat or my neighbor's dog. I don't know what else to do.... There is a big problem around here with stray cats because people nearby don't take care of their "pets" (and I've already rescued a few of them and gotten them fixed or found them new homes). I've baited my traps with catfood (and therefore, I catch the cats), I've baited them with marshmellows and get no results. I KNOW it's a raccoon because I've caught the bugger out there carrying off my birds, but it ran off before we could shoot it. Same with the opossum. I already have it out for this raccoon anyway because it loves to knock over my garbage cans (ones with the locking tops, no less) and tear open all the bags when it doesn't get a chicken. I'm strongly considering an electric fence to go along the bottom outside of the pen. That...or I'm getting a big dog that eats raccoons for breakfast (for some reason, I just don't think my cowardly yorkie is up to the challenge...or willing to give up his fluffy fleece bed).