I'm shocked that so many of you have not taken the time to build predator proof chicken pens and instead seem to feel trapping and killing wildlife is a reasonable way to protect your chickens. As a predator friendly rancher who raises cattle and other livestock around mountain lions, coyotes and more, I find all this trapping unnecessary. There are so many effective non lethal options to protect pets and livestock that are cheaper, more effective and more humane than waging a never ending war on wildlife. A simple google search of predator proof chicken coops reveals tons of options and coupled with predator deterrent lights (Predator Guards, Nite Guards, Foxlights--there's tons of different brands and they have been proven effective in situations ranging from protecting livestock from snow leopards in Nepal to protecting crops from Elephants in Africa). or motion activated sprinklers, guardian dogs, electric fencing etc.. With so many effective options available to us today, there is simply NO excuse for the indiscriminate killing of wildlife to protect pets and livestock. Raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, opossums etc all perform important ecological benefits to ranch lands and neighborhoods. A single coyote can eat 1800 rodents a year, and the rest are no slouches at this either. Skunks too eat tons of mice as well as yellow jacket nests spiders etc, making these animals great, free, eco friendly pest control services for those of us wise enough to learn to live peacefully with them.