You know, today i was discussing this very subject with a fellow BYC'er who stopped out for some eggs. I think part of the problem that the predators around here are getting sooooooooooooooooooooo outrageous, is they have NO fear of humans. Other than those of us who react and trap to protect our birds, hunting and trapping has gone to the wayside with my generation. I used to go out daily with either my dad, uncle or grandpa in season. Now that I'm grown with kids, I it seems like I don't have time. I am realizing that I have to pass my wood lore to my kids. Are we helping to create this problem? Have we given up on nature to the point that they don't respect or fear us anymore? How many people set out a dish of catfood to feed the "cute" raccoons?!?! My parents were guilty of this till the last couple of years (thank god they don't live next door My uncle used to have a 5 mile trap line. He would check it twice a day, rain or shine, and sell any pelts he got. I don't even know where to go anymore to sell pelts.......... ARG!!!!!!